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Film History: An Introduction. (Thompson & Bordwell‚ 1994)

Discuss in the context of ‘auteurism’ the use of editing and/or sound in American Graffiti (1973)

    Auteur theory typically refers to a director who is known as the “primary source of the film’s formal, stylistic, and thematic qualities” (Thompson & Bordwell, 1994, p. 720), and whilst the original meaning was focused on directors, it can be applied to other roles within the creation of a film. This essay explores the auteur relationship between George Lucas and his 1973 film American Graffiti.

    The Dream Palace Theatre Chain revolution in Chicago.

      The Roosevelt Theatre was one of many theatres in Chicago, Illinois, owned and operated by Barney Balaban and Sam Katz during the Dream Palace Theatre chain revolution. Others included the Central Park, the Riviera and the Chicago Theatre. These theatres were dressed up spectacularly to provide a greater experience on top of just going to the theatre and whilst they only accounted for a quarter of total theatre seats, they generated sixty five percent of Chicago’s film rentals (Allen, & Gomery, 1985, p. 198).