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American Blockbuster

Movies, Technology, and Wonder

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.

Author Information

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

-- Barbara Klinger, Indiana University

Audience: Professional and scholarly;