Provide a 600-word answer to the below question. You have a 50-word buffer on each end of the word count so your answer must be from 550 words to 650 words. Please remember to frame your answer through this course’s approach to Hollywood: as a negotiation between art and industry, entertainment and commercial enterprise, and “show” and business. Please refer to at least two different readings from the class in your answer. Do not use any long quotes so paraphrase if necessary. The “Production Code” and the movies themselves do not count as sources. Properly cite these readings according to MLA Style Guide and provide a proper bibliography at end of the essay. Failure to cite two sources from the readings will result in a failing grade for the answer, either a D or lower. (USE THE FILES ATTACHED AS REFERENCES)
Lesson 13 discusses the blockbuster as the driving force behind the decision-making of the Hollywood studios at the end of the twentieth century. First, briefly describe the artistic and business characteristics of the blockbuster and how it operates in Batman (1989). Second, contrast the economic and industrial context of Batman to the economic and industrial context of one of the following films: Salt of the Earth, A Face in the Crowd, Goldfinger, Bonnie and Clyde, or Do the Right Thing. Make sure to ground your answer in history, explaining how these economic and industrial forces shaped the creative decisions at work in these two films similarly and/or differently than those for Batman.