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Freedom and Entertainment : Rating the Movies in an Age of New Media - Stephen Vaughn

Freedom and Entertainment

Rating the Movies in an Age of New Media


Published: 17th October 2005
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This is a story that Jack Valenti has long tried to keep secret. Freedom and Entertainment is the first book to offer a behind-the-scenes account of the motion picture rating system and the Motion Picture Association of America under Valenti's leadership. The book is based on the private papers and oral history of Richard D. Heffner, who headed the Classification and Rating Administration for two decades, from 1974 to 1994, and who was once called 'the least-known most powerful person in Hollywood.'

The story chronicles the often tense working relationship between Heffner and Valenti, and the sometimes bruising encounters Heffner had with such Hollywood heavyweights as Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas, George C. Scott, Lew Wasserman, Arthur Krim, Jerry Weintraub, and many others.

"Carefully argued, impressively documented, and tellingly illustrated, this is a first-rate work on a topic of considerable importance. Essential." Choice "Vaughn has written a significant study." Lary May, The Historian

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
New Leaders and a New Systemp. 12
Sex, Profanity, and Violencep. 42
The X Rating and the Home Entertainment Revolutionp. 64
The Technology of Special Effects and the Effects of Screen Violencep. 92
Pornographyp. 122
The Antipornography Crusadep. 147
Hollywood, Drugs, and Religionp. 169
NC-17p. 194
Televisionp. 222
The Digital Futurep. 251
Archivesp. 267
Government Hearings and Publicationsp. 269
Motion Picturesp. 273
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9780521676540
ISBN-10: 0521676541
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 17th October 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.291  x 2.108
Weight (kg): 0.467