George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success
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A comprehensive look at 300 of the most financially and/or critically successful motion pictures of all time—many made despite seemingly insurmountable economic, cultural, and political challenges—set against the prevailing production, distribution, exhibition, marketing, and technology trends of each decade in movie business history.
citizenry, predicting (correctly) that they could become goodwill ambassadors for his film. Scores of locals flocked to the site to watch the daily activity and to participate in an outdoor barbecue sequence. From Texas, the production returned to Warner Bros. for the remaining interiors. Giant wrapped principal photography on October 12, 1955—to the relief of studio head Jack Warner, who was seething over its lengthy shooting schedule (which came in 44 days past its end date) and alarming budget
Mahanttan, New York; in studio at Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Los Angeles, CA Genre: Musical Format: Color (Technicolor) Initial Release: 10/18/1961 world premiere and initial road show release; 9/1/1962 general release Rerelease: 1968, 1971, 1989 Running Time: 155 minutes MPAA Rating: not rated * * * STANDING THE TEST OF TIME ACADEMY AWARD Oscar Nominations and Wins *BEST MOTION PICTURE: Robert Wise, Producer *ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: George Chakiris *ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
period and to receive half of the profits from her movies, or half a million dollars, whichever was greater. Artcraft was formed to produce and distribute Pickford’s features because she had strongly objected to the practice of block booking, which often used her popular films to coerce exhibitors into buying other films they might not otherwise want. This was the third of five movies Mary Pickford made in a row with director Marshall Neilan, writer Frances Marion, and cinematographer Walter
Alan, 746, 747 Menzies, William Cameron, 93, 220, 287, 299 Meredith, Burgess, 582 Merman, Ethel, 212 Meron, Hanna, 549 Merrick, David, 405 Merrill, Bob, 494 Merrill, Gary, 345 Mesenkop, Louis, 272 Metcalfe, Mel, 746 Metcalfe, Steven, 735 Metro-Goldwyn, 90, 91, 99 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 6, 16, 32, 52, 56, 58, 62, 63, 68, 69, 70, 75, 91, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 111, 114, 116, 117, 120, 121, 122, 123, 126, 127, 129, 130, 134, 138, 140, 142, 145, 147, 154, 155,
a historic milestone and cinematic landmark. It sparked the sound revolution, turning Warner Bros. into a major studio. Although the film was ruled ineligible in the Best Picture category (it was thought unfair for a sound film to compete with silents), in May 1929 Zanuck (on behalf of his studio) was presented with a special Oscar, which he dedicated to Sam Warner. The film brought in $2.6 million in worldwide rentals and made a net profit of $1,196,750. Jolson’s follow-up Warner Bros. feature