Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History
Wayne State University Press, Apr 15, 2010 - 376 pages
Considers the history of the American blockbuster—the large-scale, high-cost film—as it evolved from the 1890s to today.
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COLOSSALS AND BLOCKBUSTERS 19491959
ROADSHOWS SHOWCASES AND RUNAWAYS 19561970
MULTIPLE JEOPARDY 19651975
SUPER BLOCKBUSTERS 19761985
ANCILLARY MARKETS GLOBALIZATION AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY 19862009
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