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  • By John Reid
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Success in the Cinema" Cynics often claim that Hollywood applies only one criterion to the word, "success": Did the movie make money? That's partly true. I could provide a long list of movies that received ecstatic reviews but that were either lucky to break even or actually lost money. Mind you, sometimes these figures are exaggerated. "Caesar and Cleopatra", for instance, has this fantastic reputation as one of the most expensive flops of all time. $3 million is the figure often quoted by contemporary reference books that heed the rumor but don't bother to check the facts. My research indicates that the movie certainly lost no more than $200,000 on first release, which was easily regained in the 1948 re-issue. On the other hand, I also detail some of the films that not only received negative reviews but lost money to boot: "Mysterious Island", for instance, the most disastrous movie M-G-M ever produced, lost well over $200 million in today's... More > money, yet this absolutely colossal failure hardly figures in most reference books at all! Then there are the movies the critics loved and that the general public took to their hearts as well. My book concentrates on these successes: "From Here To Eternity", "Imitation of Life", "I'll Cry Tomorrow", "The Jolson Story". "A Letter to Three Wives", "Mr Smith Goes to Washington", "The Moon Is Blue", "A Place in the Sun", "Ruggles of Red Gap", "Sunset Boulevard", "Union Pacific", "Becket", etc., etc. And then of course there are the films the critics hated but that had the public scrambling to buy tickets, from "Adventure" right through to "Valiant Is the Word for Carrie". This book covers 120 movies in depth, and in addition provides no less than 55 pages containing full details of actual domestic box-office results from 1929 through 1970.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781847280886
Edition
First
Publisher
John Reid
Published
October 26, 2007
Language
English
Pages
271
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.79 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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