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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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By meticulously compiling the details of how movies have been made and financed since the medium′s inception, chronicling their performances at the box office, and offering expert commentary about the most important trends of the last one hundred years, the authors of this book have given readers a singularly unique perspective on the film-making industry and a superlative ...more
Paperback, 976 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by It Books (first published 2010)
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Film students take note. As George Lucas says in his introductory notes, that his new book, “Blockbusting,” (it books) is the kind of book he wishes he had when he was in film school, and with good reason. If there is one book that captures the essence of what the big-league filmmaking business is all about, it’s this one.
Despite appearances to the contrary, “Blockbusting” is not merely a book about the biggest and best movies of all time (although it is that, too). It is about the ins and outs
David Natiuk
Here's a huge book that traces film history from the perspective of blockbusters with significance. I think it's a great resource for any movie buff, showcasing successful and important movies from the dawn of silent films all the way up to 2005. Not just an adjusted box office list, but stories about how the movie affected things like pop culture and the film industry itself.

I'm really impressed with the amount of research and information gathering that went into "Blockbusting." Throughout the
Booth Babcock
Not what I was expecting...I was expecting something about how Lucas et al changed filmmaking and created the summer blockbuster, but instead a reference tome on the few hundred biggest films in hollywood history, with shore descriptions and some annecdotes, but not much meat. Probably would be of interest as a reference book to a serious film buff.
I bought this thinking it would be interesting, but the truth is it's been pretty awful, a poorly designed book, poorly copy-edited, poorly edited! The movies chosen for discussion seem basically random and disconnected, and eventually the whole book falls apart because of this lack of a through thread that would tie it all together. Full of errors big and small, the sense of authority just disappears and finally you feel it's a collection of essays by careless grad students -- who even knows wh ...more
Indispensable reading for anyone creating films.
Shane Grier
Finally finished this behemoth. It's full of so much in-depth information about film. From the beginning through 2005 and beyond. The authors and the contributors have done an excellent job giving the reader worthwhile information as well as little nuggets for film geeks and fans alike. I would recommend only to those same film geeks.
Neil Morgan
Excellent book for film buffs. Gives the history of film making from the process to the distribution. Summaries of the top films of each decade, many of the early ones I did not know. Good coffee table or on-phone Kindle book to dip into when you have 5 mins.
"Blockbusting" works, because it allows you to peek into George Lucas mind. If you've grown up with Star Wars (4-6...) like I did, this is a decent incentive. However, apart from this there are way better books on the subject than this one.
Not quite what I was expecting; filled with lists and interesting tidbits.
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