A Brief History of the Hollywood Blockbluster

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of "Jaws", which during the summer of 1975 kept North American audiences off the beaches and inside movie theatres. For good or ill, that film almost single-handedly revolutionized the way in which mainstream American films are produced and marketed. The anniversary provides an opportunity to explore in depth the artistic merits of the blockbuster film, as well as the ways in which "Jaws" changed the movie business.

  • You could use Jaws as an example of what exactly makes a good blockbuster. Is it good characters? Suspenseful action scenes? Good special effects? Could it be all of these things? It would be essentially looking at the art of the blockbuster. – Aaron Hatch 8 years ago

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