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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. Along the way, it exposes industry secrets, such as that Miramax often buys distribution rights to movies it then fails to distribute, thus ensuring that its competitors don't get them. And it shows, for the first time, why the corporate ownership of movie theaters defies antitrust laws and precedents stretching back over fifty years.

While the average American can usually find a book or record that has not been endorsed by the mainstream media, when it comes to movies, consumers are powerless against what Rosenbaum calls "the media-industrial complex." Using examples ranging from the New York Times's coverage of the Cannes film festival to the anticommercial practices of Orson Welles, from the American Film Institute to the major studios, and from Small Soldiers to Starship Troopers, 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:

"Occasionally, [Rosenbaum's] arguments are overheated...but for the most part they are well-supported and potent....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:

"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. But you can hardly hear the wisdom for the whine." Library Journal

Review:

"Movie Wars is a thoughtful and precise study of what's wrong with Hollywood these days." Winston-Salem Journal

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....This testy, expertly informed book makes invigorating reading not only for cinema fans but for anyone left uneasy by our ever more triumphalist culture." Washington Post

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:

"Jonathan Rosenbaum is...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:

"Jonathon Rosenbaum has become our leading writer in the zone where academic film studies overlap reviewing." San Diego Union-Tribune

Book News Annotation:

Movies are better than ever, claims Rosenbaum, film critic for the but the industry does not allow people to see the good ones. He explains how movies are packaged, distributed, and promoted, and how at every stage of the process the potential moviegoer is treated with contempt. Among his examples are how Miramax often buys distribution rights to a movie it never distributes in order to keep competitors from making it available, and how the corporate ownership of movie theaters defies antitrust laws.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Questioning the assumptions that govern our culture, this book focuses on one medium — the movies. In particular, it examines how movies are packaged, distributed, and promoted, exposing industry secrets such as how Miramax often buys distribution rights to movies it then fails to distribute, presumably to make sure its competitors don't get them. The book shows, for the first time, how the corporate ownership of movie theaters defies antitrust laws and precedents stretching back over 50 years. While the average American can usually find a book or record that has not been endorsed by the mainstream media, when it comes to movies, consumers are powerless against what Rosenbaum calls "the media-industrial complex".

Synopsis:

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 cant 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 Timess 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.

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, and Dead Man. He is a frequent contributor for Film Comment and Film Quarterly. 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:
9781556524066
Author:
Rosenbaum, Jonathan
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film - Reference
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States.
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
[29]
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.71 in 1 lb

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Product details 256 pages A Cappella Books (IL) - English 9781556524066 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Occasionally, [Rosenbaum's] arguments are overheated...but for the most part they are well-supported and potent....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 , "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. But you can hardly hear the wisdom for the whine."
"Review" by , "Movie Wars is a thoughtful and precise study of what's wrong with Hollywood these days."
"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....This testy, expertly informed book makes invigorating reading not only for cinema fans but for anyone left uneasy by our ever more triumphalist culture."
"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 , "Jonathan Rosenbaum is...one of the best writers on film of any kind in the history of the medium."
"Review" by , "Jonathon Rosenbaum has become our leading writer in the zone where academic film studies overlap reviewing."
"Synopsis" by , Questioning the assumptions that govern our culture, this book focuses on one medium — the movies. In particular, it examines how movies are packaged, distributed, and promoted, exposing industry secrets such as how Miramax often buys distribution rights to movies it then fails to distribute, presumably to make sure its competitors don't get them. The book shows, for the first time, how the corporate ownership of movie theaters defies antitrust laws and precedents stretching back over 50 years. While the average American can usually find a book or record that has not been endorsed by the mainstream media, when it comes to movies, consumers are powerless against what Rosenbaum calls "the media-industrial complex".
"Synopsis" by ,
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 cant 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 Timess 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.

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