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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Hollywood Spectatorship: Changing Perceptions of Cinema Audiences

ISBN 9780851708102
Publication Date April 2001
Formats Paperback 
Publisher British Film Institute

This is an examination of the concepts of spectatorship in the light of historical accounts of audience reception. The book looks at how audiences have historically talked about Hollywood movies, and the ways in which "word-of-mouth" responses have affected the reception of individual movies.

Introduction historical Hollywood spectatorship, Melvyn Stokes
Part One Talking pictures the reception of Hollywood: writing the history of American film reception, Janet Staiger
genre and audience genre classifications and cultural distinctions in the mediation of 'The Silence of the Lambs', Mark Jancovich
interpreting 'All About Eve' a study in historical reception, Martin Shingler
the fall and rise of 'Fantasia', Amy M. Davis
changing perceptions of the movies American catholics debate film censorship, Gregory D. Black
historical spectatorship around and about Stanley Kramer's 'On the Beach', G. Tom Poe. Part Two The spectator reviewed: 'Green Like Me', Jane Gaines
the sonic playground Hollywood cinema and its listeners, Gianluca Sergi
the contemporary cinephile film collecting in the post-video era, Barbara Klinger
virtual Hollywood and the geneology of its hyper-spectator, Alain J.J. Cohen.


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