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Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema

Todd Berliner


Hollywood makes the most widely successful pleasure-giving artworks the world has ever known. The American film industry operates under the assumption that pleasurable aesthetic experiences, among large populations, translate into box office success. More than any other historical mode of art, Hollywood has systematized the delivery of aesthetic pleasure, packaging and selling it on a mass scale. If the Hollywood film industry succeeds in delivering aesthetic pleasure both routinely and, at times, in an outstanding way, then we should ultimately regard Hollywood cinema as an artistic achieveme ... More

Keywords: Hollywood, Cinema, Aesthetics, Aesthetic pleasure, Narrative, Style, Ideology, Genre, Mass Art, Entertainment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190658748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Berliner, author
Professor of Film Studies, University of North Carolina - Wilmington