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Film HistoriesAn Introduction and Reader$
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Paul Grainge, Mark Jancovich, and Sharon Monteith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619061

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619061.001.0001

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From Movie Brats to Movie Blockbusters

From Movie Brats to Movie Blockbusters

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(p.435) 19 From Movie Brats to Movie Blockbusters
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Film Histories
Author(s):

Paul Grainge

Mark Jancovich

Sharon Monteith

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619061.003.0019

This chapter focuses on the new generation of largely college-educated ‘movie brats’ who were central to the shift from the modernist art cinema to blockbuster fantasies in the late 1970s. The period from 1975 to 1980 is also distinguished by considerable power acquired by successful directors. One figure who is often seen as especially representative of these processes was Stephen Spielberg. The chapter also includes the study, ‘Tales of the Silent Blast: Star Wars and Sound’ by Gianluca Sergi, which analyzes the sound design of Star Wars, a film that was pivotal within the industry through its exploration of the ‘dynamic potential’ of new sound technologies.

Keywords:   film directors, Steven Spielberg, Gianluca Sergi, sound design, Star Wars, film history

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