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Film History 101 (Part 11)

When we last left off, we were discussing how “Jaws” and a certain other film from the 1970s had completely redrawn the Hollywood landscape.   These movies proved that a studio didn’t have to turn out a series of successful films … Continue reading

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Film History 101 (Part 10)

One of the most famous “behind the scenes”  stories ever to come out of Hollywood occurred during the 1970s.   It happened during the filming of Marathon Man (a terrific movie by the way) and involved stars Laurence Olivier and Dustin … Continue reading

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Film History 101 (Part 9)

The early 1970s represented an enormous period of change for the film industry. As we’ve seen, studios no longer had the resources or clout to make pictures adhere to any pre-determined standards.  In fact, after a series of expensive flops, … Continue reading

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Film History 101 (Part 8)

As we have seen, the 1960s was a transitional decade for Hollywood as it was overcome by a new wave of youth-oriented pictures.  As such, it began to feature an ever expanding variety of new styles, themes, and story lines.  … Continue reading

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Film History 101 (Part 7)

As part of our journey though Film History 101, we’ve now reached the 1960s. Major changes were afoot.  Not the least of which was seeing the entire industry rocked to its core by one film which clearly demonstrated that the … Continue reading

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Film History 101 (Part 6).

It was the 1950s.  And in addition to the technological changes discussed in the previous post, the advent of television was forcing management at the major movie studios to rethink their positions. Most studio executives realized that the public wasn’t … Continue reading

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Film History 101 (Part 5)

Back in the early 1950s, Hollywood was also faced with some major decisions. The much vaunted Hollywood Studio System had been the model for controlling the industry for over 20 years, and up until that point, had been extremely resilient. … Continue reading

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