Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Summer Blockbuster Film
"American Graffiti" was released on August 1, 1973. It became a huge success and triumphed as a Summer Blockbuster film. As theater attendance in the early 1970s reached their lows, the film caught the attention of "a large share of younger viewers during summer and set a pattern for summer releases (Thomson, 1997, p. 36).
Bart, Peter. (July 27, 1998). George and Francis Show' Returns: Twenty-Five Years After 'American Graffiti -- Lucas and Coppola Seem Re-Energized as They Embark on Separate Strategies. Variety, Volume 371, Number 11.
Cook, David A. (2000). Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979. Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Thomson, David. (August 1997). How Hollywood Invented Summer and Why the Annual Blockbuster Grosses is Actually a Disguise for Slow Times. Esquire, Volume 128, Number 2.