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Hollywood Math and Aftermath

The Economic Image and the Digital Recession

J. D. Connor


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Money is Hollywood's great theme-but money laundered into something else, something more. Money can be given a particular occasion and career, as box office receipts, casino winnings, tax credits, stock prices, lotteries, inheritances. Or money can become number, and numbers can be anything: pixels, batting averages, votes, likes. Through explorations of all these and more, J.D. Connor's Hollywood Math and Aftermath provides a stimulating and original take on "the equation of pictures, +? the relationship between Hollywood and economics since the 1970s.

Touched off by an engagement with the work of Gilles Deleuze, Connor demonstrates the centrality of the economic image to Hollywood narrative. More than just a thematic study, this is a conceptual history of the industry that stretches from the dawn of the neoclassical era through the Great Recession and beyond. Along the way, Connor explores new concepts for cinema studies: precession and recession, pervasion and staking, ostension and deritualization.

Enlivened by a wealth of case studies-from The Big Short and The Wolf of Wall Street to Equity and Blackhat, from Moneyball to 12 Years a Slave, Titanic to Lost, The Exorcist to WALLE, D j Vu to Upstream Color, Contagion to The Untouchables, Ferris Bueller to Pacific Rim, The Avengers to The Village-Hollywood Math and Aftermath is a bravura portrait of the industry coming to terms with its own numerical underpinnings.

Continnuum-3PL, 9781501314384, 328pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2018

About the Author

J.D. Connor is Associate Professor in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California, USA. His research focuses on the interplay of art and industry in the contemporary Hollywood system, the history of tape recording, and Kennedy-era media shifts. Connor is the author of the forthcoming The Studios after the Studios (2015) and on the Steering Committee of Post45 (