Movie Wars by Jonathan Rosenbaum
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.
 

About Jonathan Rosenbaum

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Jonathan Rosenbaum is a film critic for the Chicago Reader.
 
Published July 1, 2002 by Chicago Review Press. 241 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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Citing such diverse examples as George Lucas's draconian exhibition contracts for The Phantom Menace (which bound theaters to a lengthy run regardless of audience size), distributors' offers of free film junkets to bribe critics and the use of canned reviews and industry-sanctioned lists of ""the...

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Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum is deeply vexed by what he sees as the cultural bankruptcy of the American movie business.

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