Spectacular Narratives by Geoff King
Hollywood in the Age of the Blockbuster (Cinema and Society)

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What makes today's Hollywood films so successful? Is it the sheer scale of special effects that gives films like "Jurassic Park" or "The Matrix" their mass audience appeal? Geoff King looks at the underexplored dynamic relationship between narrative and spectacle in contemporary Hollywood cinema. He uses the myth of the American frontier against a range of Hollywood filmsand drawes examples from the digital-effects-based and virtual-reality spectacles, space fictions, action films, war epics and disaster films that now dominate cinema.

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Geoff King is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Brunel University.
Published February 3, 2001 by I. B. Tauris. 192 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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In a series of cogent and thoughtful essays, King examines many of the movies of the past few decades that have featured stunning special effects, including the Star Wars films, Twister, Jurassic Park and The Matrix, and demonstrates how plot, character development and story do not suffer in the ...

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