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A New Pot of Gold

Hollywood Under the Electronic Rainbow, 1980-1989 (History of the American Cinema S.)

By Stephen Prince

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Format: Paperback / softback, 585 pages
Other Information: 185 b&w photographs, 38 tables
Published In: United States, 15 March 2002
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Facing an economic crisis in the 1980s, the Hollywood industry moved boldly to control the ancillary markets of videotape, video disk, pay-cable and pay-per-view, and the major studios found themselves targeted for acquisition by global media and communications companies. This volume examines the decade's transformation that took Hollywood from the production of theatrical film to media software.
EAN: 9780520232662
ISBN: 0520232666
Publisher: University of California Press
Dimensions: 25.25 x 17.63 x 2.72 centimetres (1.06 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Stephen Prince is Professor of Communication Studies at Virginia Tech. His books include The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa (1999); Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies (1998); and Visions of Empire: Political Imagery in Contemporary American Films (1992).


"Prince's book pushes us to reconceptualize the interactions of economics and ideology.... It evokes and invokes the richness of filmmaking practices-both mainstream and alternative-even as it gives a harsh and perhaps tragic image of a cultural form, the cinema, losing its specificity and even identity in the vast synergistic networks of control at the end of the twentieth century."-Dana Polan, Film Quarterly; "Stephen Prince's A New Pot of Gold is good at sustaining a coherent historical narrative and critical commentary on the 1980s-a period when video and film grew closer together, and when Hollywood came under the control of global capitalism."-James O. Naremore, author of Acting in the Cinema

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