Cinematic Spectacles and the Rise of the Independents

Paul Grainge, Mark Jancovich and Sharon Monteith

in Film Histories

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619061
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670888 | DOI:
Cinematic Spectacles and the Rise of the Independents

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This chapter discusses the advent of the new age of television and a refining of the cinematic experience in the 1950s. As television began to take off outside the studios' control, audiences for theatre-based entertainment declined. Hollywood made both bold and sometimes outlandish attempts to bring them back. By the end of the 1950s, widescreen entertainment had become entrenched as a Hollywood staple and film producers and exhibitors were even competing for the best way to pipe smells around an auditorium. The chapter also includes the study, ‘Tastemaking: Reviews, Popular Canons, and Soap Operas’ by Barbara Klinger, which focuses on Douglas Sirk and the different meanings that his films can take on for audiences depending when and how they were encountered.

Keywords: television; cinema; widescreen; films; Barbara Klinger; Douglas Sirk; film history

Chapter.  15229 words. 

Subjects: Film

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