The economics of the movie industry has been curiously neglected by scholars, especially given the material circumstances in which film has been produced, distributed and exhibited in capitalist economies and its central importance in the lives of the huge numbers attracted to it as a commodity.
This book provides an economic framework for understanding developments in film history. It is an interesting topic which is covered with aplomb by the contributors to the volume, and includes sections on:
* Long term trends in the film industry
* The transformation of film from a primitive commodity to a heavily branded product
* The end of the studio system in post war America
* Hollywood's approach to risk during the 1990s.
Experts from around the globe have come together in these pages and the result is a readable, insightful and enlightening book that will gain many fans amongst those with an interest in the economics of film, economic historians and aficionados of the movie industry generally.
'An impressive collection of impeccable scholarship, An Economic History of Film' is bound to become indispensable reading for every scholar of film who agrees that in order to fully understand the cultural impact of film, one has to study the economics of the business as well.' Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Series: Routledge Explorations in Economic History
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 9th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.0
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1