Film Firsts: The 25 Movies That Created Contemporary American Cinema, 1st Edition

  • Ethan Alter
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  • ISBN-10: 1440801886
  • ISBN-13: 9781440801884
  • DDC: 791.430973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Since the mid-1970s, American cinema has gone through enormous changes, such as the birth of the modern summer blockbuster, the rise of the independent film industry, ongoing technological advancements in special effects, and the ever-evolving models for film distribution. Written by a professional film critic and film buff, this book tells the story of contemporary American cinema in a unique and engaging way: by examining 25 key movies that demonstrated a significant creative, technological, or business innovation that impacted the industry at large. Each chapter in this chronological survey of contemporary film is divided into two sections: "The Film," which offers a critical overview of the film in question; and "The First," which describes the specific innovation achieved by that film and places that achievement in the larger historical context. Two additional appendices in each chapter explore other significant aspects of both the film and its groundbreaking nature. The broad coverage-ranging from action movies to horror films to science fiction favorites-ensures the work's appeal to all film fans.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Timeline: 20 Classic Film Firsts.
1: Jaws (1975).
2: Star Wars (1977).
3: Superman: The Movie (1978).
4: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
5: Tron (1982).
6: Parting Glances (1986).
7: She's Gotta Have It (1986).
8: The Thin Blue Line (1988).
9: Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989).
10: Blade Runner: The Director's Cut (1992).
11: Pulp Fiction (1994).
12: Showgirls (1995).
13: Toy Story (1995).
14: Psycho (1998).
15: The Matrix (1999).
16: The Blair Witch Project (1999).
17: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
18: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001–2003).
19: Funny Ha Ha (2002).
20: Bubble (2005).
21: The Hurt Locker (2008).
22: Avatar (2009).
23: Life in a Day (2011).
24: Margaret (2011).
25: Red State (2011).
Conclusion: Five Film Firsts to Come.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Author.