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History of action films k

  1. 1. AS media studies
  2. 2.  During the 1920s and 1930s, action-based films were often "swashbuckling" adventure films which Douglas Fairbanks, wielded swords in period pieces or Westerns.
  3. 3.  The 1940s and 1950s saw "action" in a new form through war and cowboy movies.  Alfred Hitchcock ushered in the spy-adventure genre  The film, along with a war-adventure called The Guns of Navarone, inspired producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to invest in their own spy-adventure, based on the novels of Ian Fleming
  4. 4.  The long-running success of the James Bond films or series (which was the best action films of the 1960s) introduced a level of the modern-day action film with the resourceful hero.
  5. 5.  During the 1970s films such as Bullitt (1968), The French Connection (1971) and Dirty Harry (1971) competed with James bond.  Dirty Harry basically lifted its star, Clint Eastwood, out of his cowboy typecasting, and framed him as the hero of the urban action film, proving that the modern world offered just as much glamour, excitement, and potential for violence as the Old West.
  6. 6.  The 1980s saw the action film take over Hollywood to become a dominant form of summer blockbuster.  In the action era actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Chuck Norris helped the genre to really take off.  Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) was inspired by bond films.
  7. 7.  1980s and 1990s saw a rise in both budgets and the number of sequels a film could generally have. This led to an increasing number of filmmakers to create new technologies that would allow them to beat the competition and take audiences to new heights. The success of Tim Burton's Batman (1989) led to a string of financially successful sequels. Within a single decade, they proved the viability of a novel sub-genre of action film: the comic-book movie.
  8. 8.  In modern day with such big budgets the action films are getting more and more realistic and adventures making huge profits on release and bring old actors back into the lime light.