American Blockbuster

American Blockbuster Movies, Technology, and Wonder - Sign, Storage, Transmission

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Ben-Hur (1959), Jaws (1975), Avatar (2009), Wonder Woman (2017): the blockbuster movie has held a dominant position in American popular culture for decades. In American Blockbuster Charles R. Acland charts the origins, impact, and dynamics of this most visible, entertaining, and disparaged cultural form. Acland narrates how blockbusters emerged from Hollywood's turn to a hit-driven focus during the industry's business crisis in the 1950s. Movies became bigger, louder, and more spectacular. They also became prototypes for ideas and commodities associated with the future of technology and culture, accelerating the prominence of technological innovation in modern American life. Acland shows that blockbusters continue to be more than just movies; they are industrial strategies and complex cultural machines designed to normalize the ideologies of our technological age.

Book information

ISBN: 9781478009504
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Imprint: Duke University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 384.80973
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 586g
Height: 152mm
Width: 228mm
Spine width: 28mm