Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Spectacular Narratives: Hollywood in the Age of the Blockbuster” as Want to Read:
Spectacular Narratives: Hollywood in the Age of the Blockbuster
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Spectacular Narratives: Hollywood in the Age of the Blockbuster (Cinema and Society)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  5 Ratings  ·  1 Review
What makes today's Hollywood films so successful? Is it the sheer scale of special effects that gives films like "Jurassic Park" or "The Matrix" their mass audience appeal? Geoff King looks at the underexplored dynamic relationship between narrative and spectacle in contemporary Hollywood cinema. He uses the myth of the American frontier against a range of Hollywood filmsa ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 3rd 2001 by I. B. Tauris (first published 2001)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Spectacular Narratives, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Spectacular Narratives

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-17 of 17)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jeff Lee
Oct 15, 2015 Jeff Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: films
The book was published in 2000, but his comments are as incisive and current as ever. I took away a lot of things from reading this book.
Taewoong Choi
Taewoong Choi marked it as to-read
Apr 24, 2016
Irene marked it as to-read
Apr 14, 2016
Mitchell marked it as to-read
Mar 29, 2016
Patrik Pajer
Patrik Pajer marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2016
ebabehh marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Joseph marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2015
Loni Walden
Loni Walden rated it liked it
Jul 16, 2015
Michael marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2015
David Surman
David Surman rated it it was amazing
Jul 30, 2014
James Cockbill
James Cockbill rated it really liked it
Jun 18, 2014
Patrick rated it liked it
Jun 16, 2014
Dhruv marked it as to-read
Jun 27, 2013
Heegee marked it as to-read
Sep 04, 2012
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Other Books in the Series

Cinema and Society (1 - 10 of 30 books)
  • The Age of the Dream Palace: Cinema and Society in 1930s Britain
  • Best of British: Cinema and Society from 1930 to Present
  • Hollywood in Crisis: Cinema and American Society 1929-1939 (Cinema and Society)
  • Projecting Tomorrow: Science Fiction and Popular Cinema
  • Powell and Pressburger: A Cinema of Magic Spaces
  • Hollywood and the Americanization of Britain: From the 1920s to the Present (Cinema and Society)
  • The Death Penalty in American Cinema: Criminality and Retribution in Hollywood Film
  • The Hollywood Family Film: A History, from Shirley Temple to Harry Potter
  • Shooting the Civil War: Cinema, History and American National Identity
  • Castles in the Air: British Films or Urban Regeneration and Reconstruction 1919-1951

Share This Book