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More Than A Movie : Ethics In Entertainment - Miguel Valenti

More Than A Movie

Ethics In Entertainment


Published: 1st August 2000
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In "More Than a Movie," producer and entertainment attorney F. Miguel Valenti presents a compelling argument for the creative community to consider the consequences of its products, from movies to TV to the Internet. Valenti refrains from attacking the industries in which he himself works, but argues for reflection on the part of those who create media. "More Than a Movie "takes a pioneering first step toward outlining the issues in an insider fashion, and provides the tools to make ethical decisions about creating for the big and small screens. Edited by veteran media writer Les Brown and media consultant Laurie Trotta, "More Than a Movie "is written to stimulate debate in professional and academic arenas, and for the enjoyment of everyone who loves entertainment. The book contains a foreword by noted author and director Peter Bogdanovich, and commentary from producers Christine Vachon and David Brown. Mediascope, a Studio City, California-based media policy organization, commissioned the book upon discovering that ethical discussions seldom occur in film and television schools, although they are staples for studying law, medicine, business and journalism. Issues range from ethnic and gender stereotyping to excessive and gratuitous violence."It's not about censorship -- it's about having a responsibility for what we do," says author Valenti (no relation to MPAA's Jack Valenti). "The book outlines how we are helping to shape societal values and individual behavior with the artistic choices we make." A team of writers from across the nation offer essays: Neil Hickey, editor, "Columbia Journalism Review"; Annette Insdorf, Columbia University; Ted Pease, professor and columnist; Jack Pitman, "Variety"; Martin Koughan, Emmy Award-winning documentarian. The essays in "More Than a Movie "are interspersed with stories of actual ethical dilemmas told by noted screenwriters, directors and other practitioners in interviews by Manhattan writer Laura Blum.

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Does Media Influence Society?p. 1
Awash in Media Culturep. 3
Essay: Entertainment in Our Extended Worldp. 9
Essay: How the World Sees Us: An American in Parisp. 21
Does Influence Imply Responsibility?p. 31
But It's Only a Movie ... Or Is It?p. 33
Essay: Free Expression in Hollywood: First Amendment and Censorshipp. 45
Ethics, A Practical Primerp. 61
Dead White Greeks and Why They Matterp. 63
Mnemonics for Everybody: "One Person's Method,"p. 83
All You Need to Make a Movie Is a Girl and a Gun...p. 91
The Gun: Portrayals of Violence--Do Unto Others Before They Can Do Undo Youp. 93
The Cast: Portrayals of Stereotypesp. 123
The Props: Portrayals of Substance Use--We're Not in Kansas Anymorep. 141
The Girl: Portrayals of Sex--Now, We're Definitely Not in Kansas Anymore, 161
Essay: From "Boys with Toys" to "Babes with Bullets"p. 179
Documentary and Reality-Based Programmingp. 191
Hollywood Recasts History? "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing,"p. 193
Essay: Reality-Based Filmmaking Versus Realityp. 209
Children's Programmingp. 219
Children: A Higher Standard--Kids Are People Toop. 221
Essay: The Virulence of Violencep. 231
Appendicesp. 241
Bibliographyp. 243
Filmographyp. 251
Indexp. 260
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ISBN: 9780813390758
ISBN-10: 0813390753
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1