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On the Perceived Quality of Movies

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  • Victor Ginsburgh
  • Sheila Weyers

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We address the question of the quality of movies produced between 1950 and 1970. A first outcome of our analysis is that the quality assessments made during the Cannes Festival, and to a lesser degree, by the U.S. Academy are short-lasting. In contrast to this, consumers seem consistent over time. There is, however, one issue on which experts agree as well as consumers: American movies dominate both in terms of commercial success and in terms of quality. There is less agreement, and sometimes there is even dissent concerning other dimensions. This does not come as a surprise and merely indicates that there is hardly a common yardstick along which the quality of a movie can be measured. Therefore, decomposing a work of art into quantifiable characteristics – even in a subjective but possibly unanimous way – would make it possible to explain the divergences between audiences and changes of appreciation over time. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Cultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 23 (1999)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 269-283

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:23:y:1999:i:4:p:269-283

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Keywords: motion picture; quality measures in art;

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  1. Jose Ignacio Azuela Flores & Victor Fernandez-Blanco & Maria Jose Sanzo-Perez, 2012. "Movie reviews: Who are the readers?," ACEI Working Paper Series AWP-03-2012, the Association for Cultural Economics International, revised May 2012.
  2. Alexis Dantec & Florence Levy, 2005. "Stars et box office : un état des approches théoriques et empiriques," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2005-13, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
  3. M. Rimscha, 2013. "It’s not the economy, stupid! External effects on the supply and demand of cinema entertainment," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 37(4), pages 433-455, November.
  4. Ralf Dewenter & Michael Westermann, 2005. "Cinema Demand In Germany," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 29(3), pages 213-231, August.
  5. Cuccia, Tiziana, 2009. "A Contingent Ranking Study on the Preferences of Tourists across Seasons/A Contingent Ranking Study on the Preferences of Tourists across Seasons," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 27, pages 161-176, Abril.
  6. Haan, Marco & Dijkstra, Gerhard & Dijkstra, Peter, 2003. "Expert judgment versus public opinion - evidence from the Eurovision Song Contest," Research Report 03F12, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).
  7. Fernanda Gutierrez-Navratil & Victor Fernandez-Blanco & Luis Orea & Juan Prieto-Rodriguez, 2011. "How do your rivals' releasing dates affect your box office?," ACEI Working Paper Series AWP-04-2011, the Association for Cultural Economics International, revised Nov 2011.
  8. Elisabetta Lazzaro, 2006. "Assessing Quality in Cultural Goods: The Hedonic Value of Originality in Rembrandt's Prints," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 30(1), pages 15-40, March.
  9. Allègre Hadida, 2010. "Commercial success and artistic recognition of motion picture projects," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 34(1), pages 45-80, February.
  10. Sangho KIM & Donghyun PARK, 2010. "Addictive behavior in cinema demand: evidence from Korea," Economic Growth centre Working Paper Series 1002, Nanyang Technolgical University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Economic Growth centre.

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