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Great Flicks: Scientific Studies of Cinematic Creativity and Aesthetics

Dean Keith Simonton


The main purpose of the book is to understand what it takes to make a great film. As noted in the Chapter 1 prologue, however, this review of cinematic creativity and aesthetics will be confined to scientific studies, studies carried out by a multidisciplinary group of researchers. Chapter 2 then concentrates on movie awards, including the Oscars and Golden Globes, and how those awards relate to critical acclaim. Do great films receive both shiny trophies and five stars? Chapter 3 studies more closely how these awards cluster together and which of these clusters best predict cinematic success. ... More

Keywords: cinema, creativity, aesthetics, critical evaluations, movie awards, box office

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199752034
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752034.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dean Keith Simonton, author
University of California, Davis