Charles R. Acland charts the origins, impact, and dynamics of the blockbuster, showing how it became a complex economic and cultural machine designed to advance popular support for technological advances.
Charles R. Acland is Distinguished University Research Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He is the author of
Swift Viewing: The Popular Life of Subliminal Influence and
Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes, and Global Culture, and coeditor of
Useful Cinema, all also published by Duke University Press.
-- John Thornton Caldwell, author of Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television
-- Thomas Schatz, author of The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era