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CHANGING RECEPTIVENESS OF THE AUDIENCE- 1960s v/s 1980s

Posted in Research Entries by reemasenguptacmp on November 11, 2009
Postmodern Hollywood- whats new in a film and why it makes us feel so strange, by M.Keith Booker, 2007, pg 129-130
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The above excerpt is from the book Postmodern Hollywood: whats new in a film and why it makes us feel so strange, by M.Keith Booker,(Praeger publications, 2007).

In this excerpt, the author touches upon the fact that the sensibilities of the Hollywood audiences was different in the 1960s and in the 1980s. The audience, according to Booker, was more “susceptible to shock” in the 1960s than in the 1980s. The author cites capitalism as a contributing factor to the audience’s increasing alienation when it comes to being receptive to emotional experience. Vertigo was released in 1958 and then re-released in 1983. The film is a suspense thriller, and has considerable shock value. Therefore, considering Booker’s point of view, the film should have had a better reception in the 1960s than in the 1980s. Why then did the reverse happen?

REFERENCES:

1. M.Keith Booker, Postmodern Hollywood: whats new in a film and why it makes us feel so strange, 2007, Praeger Publications, pg- 129, 130

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on 10.11.2009

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