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A Dictionary of Film Studies

Annette Kuhn,

Guy Westwell

A film with an extremely high *production and *marketing budget that attains considerable commercial success. The term ‘blockbuster’ derives from the word used to describe large-scale bombs used in World War II. The concept of a film with major box-office impact arose during the war and the term was initially used for films of this sort, and particularly for big budget productions in the late 1940s and early 1950s (... ...

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