The Big Picture: Hollywood History 101: Part 3

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Hollywood History 101: Part 3

A long time ago, in a movie studio far, far away...

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Great as always.

Nice to know.

I think I'd sacrifice the Godfather Part II if it meant the end of inevitable sequels, but I guess Star Wars would have brought that about anyway.

"...and that's almost the big picture."

Yep, biggest yet. Good work.

Now when you say it's going to get ugly, urg... can I assume it's going to point out popular franchise and movies only made for the money?

Shit, that was fuckin' depressing...


And i still find godfather one of the most boring movies of all time :/

Anyone else think Bob would make a magnificent teacher?

Truth be told I would prefer if, after this is finished, Bob pedals back and explains a few more things he decided to skip or decided to condense a little too much. This is interesting.

I thought this was going to be a trilogy. Guess I was wrong then.

PS: do not forget the 1980 and 1983 in special.

I've watched nearly every one of the good movies listed in this video, lmao. Great video once again Bob super informative!

I love how teasing "the ugly stuff" for the next one REALLY makes me want to see it, partly because I just know I'll be face-palming, head-desking, whatever like I did about the Universal/Expendables tragedy.

Oh I can't wait for next week these are really good and informative, would be nice to have them as one big video too

sequels can be a good thing but too many movies get them when they really don't need them and it just ruins the first film

This has been great Bob. Seriously, the best line of videos I think I've watched so far on the Escapist. Informative, thought-provoking, and interesting. I can't wait until next week.

Awesome as always, Bob.

Another part of this puzzle was the change in film distribution. Before, a distributor would ask the studio for a couple dozen prints of the film, and the film would open slowly across the country in one or two cities at a time as the prints made their way through theatres across the continent.

With Jaws, the distributor took the unprecedented step of ordering hundreds of prints and opening the film all over the country on the same night. That's what started the Hollywood blockbuster/summer tentpole film that we're so used to today.

i really enjoy those lessons
but do you really want to fit the last 3 decades into one episode?
at least the 2000s deserve their own

I'm really loving these.
Nice one dude.

After you're done please re-edit these into a single 20min ep. Just for our convenience :P

Being born in 74 and growing up during some unusual BBC filler movies, I've seen SO many of the movies mentioned in this season. I find it a little sad that the only reason I saw so many of these was because there were summer holidays, there was no Disney or Nickelodeon and our three channels (at the time) bought B&W movies 'cos they were cheap. Some of the visual imagery and concepts of those really early movies were tremendous and have earned them stern certification in more recent releases.

What is it about modern audiences that are SO turned off by old movies and subtitles? For my own personal tastes, the eighties had it's moments but went down the gore-fest too hard and too fast. We had the video nasty backlash in the UK (and I believe the US too?) yet mostly it was derivative and poorly executed. As seen last decade, there is SO much cashing in on one good idea that it is inevitably watered down by the three or four "homages" or blatant rip-offs. Certainly last decade, more than any other, has shown me how much of Hollywood is just pure commercialism. You can almost hear the bleating as waves of audiences go to the latest disaster movie to watch New York being destroyed again.

Still, I like movies because of the journey they can take me through and the emotions I can enjoy watching them. My sister likes them to be as non-challenging as possible because she doesn't want to think during a movie, just sit back and let the entertainment wash over her. I guess it all depends on how important movies are to you?

It was my understanding that Lucas' dream was in fact to do a remake of Flash Gordon, but he couldn't because Dino de Laurentiis had already got his hands on the film rights. Also, after having read some of the early drafts of Star Wars, I can actually understand why Lucas' colleagues had some misgivings as to whether or not the film would work. Heck, Fox were having so much trouble getting Star Wars in cinemas that they initially had to resort to block booking (which had been illegal for nearly 30 years) to get it on screens. When you add to that the budget blowouts (a rather large chunk of change was spent on SFX shots that Lucas ended up discarding), and it's kind of a wonder that Star Wars was the big hit that it turned out to be.

Bob's alluding to "really ugly stuff" has piqued my interest. I wonder if he's referring to (among other things) the MPAA's failed attempt to have VCRs outlawed.

Dammit, next week can't come any quicker!

I'm curious to see if the gaming industry goes through this same phase in the next 5-10 years.

It's really neat to hear about this stuff. I know nothing about movies, and these tales of the history of popular culture are fascinating. It's a big change from moviebob's normal, highly opinionated stuff.

I suppose it may be natural, if not fundamentally necessary for creative industries to go through cycles like this, growing, stagnating, and ultimately being ripped apart by the new generation.

Whoo woah. So much info. I Love it. Where will this series go next? Ya know besides into the ominous title that the really ugly stuff infers?

Crap, Bob, for the first time I'm on the edge of my seat for the next episode.

And it's 6 days and 23 hours away.

next week is going to be about remakes/reboots/prequels right?

These have been some of my favorite episodes so far. Thanks for the education!

You know what I find really interesting? The fact that the gaming industry is getting their own version of the "movie brats". While not driven by an economic crisis (as the game industry is still going strong), it won't take long before the gaming industry too becomes dominated by the first generations to have been brought up with videogames as a major staple in their lives, when it was no longer a novelty. A generation that for the first time gets the opportunity to seriously study videogames in school.

I hope we'll get a comparable Renaissance as the movie industry got during the 70's. It'll be different, seeing as the videogame industry isn't driven by a big economic crisis, but I hope it'll change at least something for the best.

Good episode...though I was sad to see any of the Sidney Poitier movies excluded from the list of greats of the 70s (especially considering that list included films from the late 60s).

I can't wait for next week...and I'm hoping that "The Bad Stuff," rather than pandering to the nostalgic attitude that "everything sucks now but was great back then..." it will cover a long view of Bad Stuff: Girl 27, Hayes Code, the Blacklist, etc.

But I'm looking forward to finding out!

Great history episodes so far Bob, well done. It's very educational, yet very interesting at the same time. I'm actually surprised at how things developed over time in Hollywood, never really paid attention to history of the place before.

And now we're pretty much back where we started.

I'm really loving this. I've never learned about this stuff anywhere, and now I am! Hurray for learning!

The Big Picture is gradually becoming my favourite series on this site.

It things like this and Extra Credits that really make you think and also provide you with some some great pub ammo. Keep it up Mr Chipman.

Thanks movie bob for another great episode, very informative, enlightening and at the sametime entertaining.

Hungry Donner:
I'm curious to see if the gaming industry goes through this same phase in the next 5-10 years.

I was thinking the same thing. After all, we are about to get to an age were adults making games have experience them for most of their life (although I guess the bar for entry is higher for games than for movies)

I find this series of episodes quite fascinating. Not that I didn't know some of this stuff, but its really good to see it in such an orderly fashion.

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