Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Limit What Movies We Can See (Paperback)

Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Limit What Movies We Can See (Paperback)

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Is the cinema, as writers from David Denby to Susan Sontag have claimed, really dead? Contrary to what we have been led to believe, films are better than ever—we just can’t see the good ones. Movie Wars cogently explains how movies are packaged, distributed, and promoted, and how, at every stage of the process, the potential moviegoer is treated with contempt. Using examples ranging from the New York Times’s coverage of the Cannes film festival to the anticommercial practices of Orson Welles, Jonathan Rosenbaum's Movie Wars details the workings of the powerful forces that are in the process of ruining our precious cinematic culture and heritage, and the counterforces that have begun to fight back.


Movie Wars is a cherry bomb in the lap of critical complacency and orthodoxy—and a bold challenge to the movie industry. . . . This brief text is packed with more ideas than any other film book you’re likely to read this year.” —Premiere

“The work of a tough and principled critic whose insights into movies in the age of tie-ins and Disney are as rude and witty as they are sharp, Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Movie Wars is a bracing job of cultural muckraking.” —Tom Carson, the Washington Post

“Jonathan Rosenbaum is the best film critic in the United States—indeed, he’s one of the best writers on film of any kind in the history of the medium.” —James Naremore, author of Acting in the Cinema

“Rosenbaum's journalistic style makes this animated treatise accessible to film buffs who want to know more about how movies get made, while his sound arguments make it a good bet for academic readers as well.” —Publishers Weekly
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2002)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1556524544
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1556524547
  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.52 x 9 inches

All copies are new.