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American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing (Hardback)
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American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 31/01/2001
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This text provides a perspective on half a century of American cinema from the audience's point of view. Going beyond comments of professional reviewers, Tom Stempel concentrates on the opinions of ordinary people. Avoiding statistical summary, he presents the results of a survey on movies and moviegoing in the respondents' own words. What brings them together is Stempel's own observations from a lifetime of watching films and audiences. He also analyses box office results to identify which movies people actually went to see, not just those the critics thought were good films. Stempel explores the impact of major films, the ways in which cable TV and VCRs have transformed moviegoing, and abilities of movie trailers to build audience anticipation. He traces shifting trends in genre and taste, examining and questioning the power films have in American society.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813121833
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 608 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"A fascinating glimpse into history." -- Express Books


"A great idea for a book." -- Lexington Herald-Leader


"Gives voice to the audience." -- Plus


"A refreshing antidote to dry statistical summary, Stempel's entertaining tome offers a different perspective on a half-century of American cinema." -- "American Cinematographer"


"A highly charming and provocative study of audiences." -- "American Studies"


"Deflates 'artistic' opinions about directors by using box-office grosses and audience response as a measuring rod." -- "Choice"


"A sprawling look at the last fifty years of American movies and how audiences responded to them." -- "Cineaste"


"Does something that most academically oriented cinema-related books don't: he gets in touch with the magic of the movies." -- "Creative Screenwriting"


"Obligatory reading for serious film goers and film makers alike. Written with charm and style, this book gives the audience perspective on movies as no other book has done. Insightful." -- "David Brown"


"A fascinating glimpse into history." -- "Express Books"


"In drawing our attention back to the audience, he has rendered a service by reminding us that a reciprocal relationship exists between the filmmaker and audience. All too often we tend to ignore the latter." -- "Film & History"


"The results reflect the ideas of anyone who has ever sat down with an overpriced combo of popcorn and soda: some movies are great, others are stinkers, and when it comes right down to it, the opinions of professional critics don't amount to a hill of beans." -- "ForeWord"


"A great idea for a book." -- "Lexington Herald-Leader"


"In this book, ordinary people talk back to the screen, describing early movie-going memories, family nights at the drive in, growing up with movies in the early days of television, and loving and hating movies in the 1960s. Other topics include the always popular subject of sex in the cinema... and the our changing response to movies as we age..... Lively, divergent reactions to classics and box-office hits are also included." -- "Library Journal"


"Stempel draws upon his considerable expertise to examine the complex relationship between the audience and the movies.... Very highly recommended and unique reading for students of film history and American popular culture." -- "Midwest Book Review"


"Gives voice to the audience." -- "Plus"


"A refreshing antidote to dry statistical summary, Stempel's entertaining tome offers a different perspective on a half-century of American cinema." -- American Cinematographer


"A highly charming and provocative study of audiences." -- American Studies


"Deflates 'artistic' opinions about directors by using box-office grosses and audience response as a measuring rod." -- Choice


"A sprawling look at the last fifty years of American movies and how audiences responded to them." -- Cineaste


"Does something that most academically oriented cinema-related books don't: he gets in touch with the magic of the movies." -- Creative Screenwriting


"Obligatory reading for serious film goers and film makers alike. Written with charm and style, this book gives the audience perspective on movies as no other book has done. Insightful." -- David Brown


"A fascinating glimpse into history." -- Express Books


"In drawing our attention back to the audience, he has rendered a service by reminding us that a reciprocal relationship exists between the filmmaker and audience. All too often we tend to ignore the latter." -- Film & History


"The results reflect the ideas of anyone who has ever sat down with an overpriced combo of popcorn and soda: some movies are great, others are stinkers, and when it comes right down to it, the opinions of professional critics don't amount to a hill of beans." -- ForeWord


"A great idea for a book." -- Lexington Herald-Leader


"In this book, ordinary people talk back to the screen, describing early movie-going memories, family nights at the drive in, growing up with movies in the early days of television, and loving and hating movies in the 1960s. Other topics include the always popular subject of sex in the cinema... and the our changing response to movies as we age..... Lively, divergent reactions to classics and box-office hits are also included." -- Library Journal


"Stempel draws upon his considerable expertise to examine the complex relationship between the audience and the movies.... Very highly recommended and unique reading for students of film history and American popular culture." -- Midwest Book Review


"Gives voice to the audience." -- Plus


-A refreshing antidote to dry statistical summary, Stempel's entertaining tome offers a different perspective on a half-century of American cinema.- -- American Cinematographer


-A highly charming and provocative study of audiences.- -- American Studies


-Deflates 'artistic' opinions about directors by using box-office grosses and audience response as a measuring rod.- -- Choice


-A sprawling look at the last fifty years of American movies and how audiences responded to them.- -- Cineaste


-Does something that most academically oriented cinema-related books don't: he gets in touch with the magic of the movies.- -- Creative Screenwriting


-Obligatory reading for serious film goers and film makers alike. Written with charm and style, this book gives the audience perspective on movies as no other book has done. Insightful.- -- David Brown


-A fascinating glimpse into history.- -- Express Books


-In drawing our attention back to the audience, he has rendered a service by reminding us that a reciprocal relationship exists between the filmmaker and audience. All too often we tend to ignore the latter.- -- Film & History


-The results reflect the ideas of anyone who has ever sat down with an overpriced combo of popcorn and soda: some movies are great, others are stinkers, and when it comes right down to it, the opinions of professional critics don't amount to a hill of beans.- -- ForeWord


-A great idea for a book.- -- Lexington Herald-Leader


-In this book, ordinary people talk back to the screen, describing early movie-going memories, family nights at the drive in, growing up with movies in the early days of television, and loving and hating movies in the 1960s. Other topics include the always popular subject of sex in the cinema... and the our changing response to movies as we age..... Lively, divergent reactions to classics and box-office hits are also included.- -- Library Journal


-Stempel draws upon his considerable expertise to examine the complex relationship between the audience and the movies.... Very highly recommended and unique reading for students of film history and American popular culture.- -- Midwest Book Review


-Gives voice to the audience.- -- Plus

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