This award-winning examination of the American film industry has already been acclaimed as "A major achievement in film history, unlikely to be surpassed for many years" (American Historical Review) and an "indispensable" set (Film Quarterly) that "should become the standard reference work in every American library" (Choice).
The 10-volume, illustrated series considers the film industry from its early roots in the 19th century right up to 1990. It examines the development of film and the film industry, analyzing both the genres, themes and technology that defined each decade and the political and economic background that gave rise to them. Each volume focuses on a separate decade, providing a narrative on the evolution of both the business and the art of film in America. Each volume is heavily illustrated, and ends with several indexes, notes, a bibliography and a variety of appendixes of top-grossing films, stars and Oscar winners, and more.
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"Lost Illusions refers to the mid-1970s derailment of a blockbuster mentality in Hollywood in the wake of Jaws and Star Wars. The 'art' cinema of Penn, Kubrick, Peckinpah, and Altman gave way to the "event" cinema of Lucas and Spielberg...Cook's argument is not new, but he documents it well and presents it effectively in a discussion that ranges from cross-marketing techniques (book and record tie-ins, t-shirts, toys), the shift of studios from production to distribution, and tax shelter deals, to the rise of the agent and gross participation deals...Cook excels at industry analysis. Fine chapters by Douglass Gomery on exhibition, William Rothman on documentary, and Robin Blaetz on avant-garde films round out the book. All collections." -- CHOICE (May 2000)
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