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Entertainment industrialised: the emergence of the international film industry

By Gerben Bakker

Abstract

Entertainment Industrialised is the first study to compare the emergence and economic development of the film industry in Britain, France and the United States between 1890 and 1940. Gerben Bakker investigates the commercialisation and industrialisation of live entertainment in the nineteenth century and analyses the subsequent arrival of motion pictures, revealing that their emergence triggered a process of incessant creative destruction, development and productivity growth that continues in the entertainment industry today. He argues that cinema industrialised live entertainment by automating it, standardising it and making it tradeable, a process that was largely demand led, and that a quality race between firms changed the structure of the international entertainment market. While a hundred years ago, European enterprises were supplying half of all films shown in the US, the quality race resulted in today’s industry, in which a handful of American companies dominate the global entertainment business

Topics: H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:21196
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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