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Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Limit What Movies We Can See

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Is the cinema, as writers from David Denby to Susan Sontag have claimed, really dead? Contrary to what we have been led to believe, films are better than ever — we just can't see the good ones.

Movie Wars cogently explains how movies are packaged, distributed, and promoted, and how, at every stage of the process, the potential moviegoer is treated with contempt. Using examples ranging from the New York Times's coverage of the Cannes film festival to the anticommercial practices of Orson Welles, Movie Wars details the workings of the powerful forces that are in the process of ruining our precious cinematic culture and heritage, and the counterforces that have begun to fight back.

Review:

"Rosenbaum's journalistic style makes this animated treatise accessible to film buffs who want to know more about how movies get made, while his sound arguments make it a good bet for academic readers as well." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Movie Wars is a cherry bomb in the lap of critical complacency and orthodoxy — and a bold challenge to the movie industry....This brief text is packed with more ideas than any other film book you're likely to read this year." Premiere

Review:

"The work of a tough and principled critic whose insights into movies in the age of tie-ins and Disney are as rude and witty as they are sharp, Jonathan Rosenbaum's Movie Wars is a bracing job of cultural muckraking." Tom Carson, The Washington Post

Review:

"Jonathan Rosenbaum is the best film critic in the United States — indeed, he's one of the best writers on film of any kind in the history of the medium." James Naremore, author of Acting in the Cinema

Review:

"Essential reading for anyone who cares about movies." Martha P. Nochimson, Film Quarterly

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"[E]xposes producers who maul directors' work; distributors who hoard gems; and critics who enable big, dumb movies to get even bigger and dumber." Chicago Magazine

Review:

"Rosenbaum expands notions of what should constitute our film culture, and does so in a way that's exciting to anyone who cares about movies as an art form." National Post

Review:

"A feisty-to-frenetic tone, spotty logic, and the self-serving recycling of earlier views and reviews do not totally obscure the possibility that much of Rosenbaum's rant may be to some degree right." Library Journal

About the Author

Jonathan Rosenbaum is a film critic for the Chicago Reader and is the author of Moving Places, Placing Movies, Movies as Politics, Greed, and Dead Man. He is a frequent contributor to Film Comment and Cinéaste. He lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction: Is the Producer Always Right? 1
Chapter One: Is the Cinema Really Dead? 19
Chapter Two: Some Vagaries of Distribution and Exhibition 39
Chapter Three: Some Vagaries of Promotion and Criticism 49
Chapter Four: At War with Cultural Violence: The Critical
Reception of Small Soldiers 63
Chapter Five: Communications Problems and Canons 79
Chapter Six: The AFI's Contribution to Movie Hell: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love American Movies 91
Chapter Seven: Isolationism as a Control System 107
Chapter Eight: Multinational Pest Control: Does American Cinema Still Exist? 129
Chapter Nine: Trafficking in Movies (Festival-Hopping in the Nineties) 143
Chapter Ten: Orson Welles as Ideological Challenge 175
Conclusion: The Audience Is Sometimes Right 197
Index 227

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556524547
Author:
Rosenbaum, Jonathan
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Location:
Chicago, IL
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
SOC052000
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
July 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.52 in 0.7 lb

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"Review" by , "Rosenbaum's journalistic style makes this animated treatise accessible to film buffs who want to know more about how movies get made, while his sound arguments make it a good bet for academic readers as well."
"Review" by , "Movie Wars is a cherry bomb in the lap of critical complacency and orthodoxy — and a bold challenge to the movie industry....This brief text is packed with more ideas than any other film book you're likely to read this year."
"Review" by , "The work of a tough and principled critic whose insights into movies in the age of tie-ins and Disney are as rude and witty as they are sharp, Jonathan Rosenbaum's Movie Wars is a bracing job of cultural muckraking."
"Review" by , "Jonathan Rosenbaum is the best film critic in the United States — indeed, he's one of the best writers on film of any kind in the history of the medium."
"Review" by , "Essential reading for anyone who cares about movies."
"Review" by , "[E]xposes producers who maul directors' work; distributors who hoard gems; and critics who enable big, dumb movies to get even bigger and dumber."
"Review" by , "Rosenbaum expands notions of what should constitute our film culture, and does so in a way that's exciting to anyone who cares about movies as an art form."
"Review" by , "A feisty-to-frenetic tone, spotty logic, and the self-serving recycling of earlier views and reviews do not totally obscure the possibility that much of Rosenbaum's rant may be to some degree right."
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