- Hardcover: 286 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (25 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520282639
- ISBN-13: 978-0520282636
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,999,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hollywood Vault: Film Libraries Before Home Video Hardcover – 25 Jul 2014
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From the Inside Flap
"Many people are busy trying to figure out the value of film libraries online. Eric Hoyt approaches the question by looking at the earliest decades of the American film industry. In the process, he gives us a new framework for thinking about studio libraries and film historiography. Rather than provide a linear history of technological development, this deeply researched story charts the ups and downs of film libraries as they were subjected to legal, economic, and larger market forces. This is both a groundbreaking historical study and a map for future research." Peter Decherney, author of Hollywood s Copyright Wars: from Edison to the Internet
"We now take for granted that the 'aftermarket' for movies is far more important commercially, and perhaps even culturally, than theatrical releasethat the long tail of TV and home video and digital streaming now wags the dog. In this groundbreaking book, Eric Hoyt provides us with an incisive, in-depth, and invaluable backstory to this crucial industry development, explaining how and why the studio vaults of seemingly worthless old movies steadily transformed into libraries of untold worth."
Thomas Schatz, author of Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s"
About the Author
Eric Hoyt is Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-director of the Media History Digital Library. He designed, developed, and produced the MHDL's search and visualization platform, Lantern, which received the 2014 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award from the Society for Cinema & Media Studies.