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AS media studies
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During the 1920s and 1930s, action films were
often swashbuckling adventure films
which Douglas Fairbanks, used swords ...
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In 1940s and 1950s action took a new form in the
shape of war and cowboy movies.
Alfred Hitchcock brought in the spy...
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The big success of the James Bond films or the
series (which was the best action films of the
1960s) introduced a new l...
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During the 1970s films such
as Bullitt (1968), The French
Connection (1971) and Dirty Harry (1971)
competed with Jam...
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The 1980s saw the action film take over
Hollywood to making them a dominant form
of summer blockbuster.
In the ac...
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1980s and 1990s saw the increase of both
budgets and the number of sequels a
film could generally have. This led to an
...
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In modern day with such big budgets the
action films are getting more and more realistic
and adventures making huge pro...
History of action films
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History of action films

  1. 1. AS media studies
  2. 2.  During the 1920s and 1930s, action films were often swashbuckling adventure films which Douglas Fairbanks, used swords in period pieces or Westerns.
  3. 3.   In 1940s and 1950s action took a new form in the shape of war and cowboy movies. Alfred Hitchcock brought in the spy-adventure genre, along with a war-adventure called The Guns of Navarone, which was inspired by the producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. They decided to invest in their own spyadventure, based on the novels of Ian Fleming.
  4. 4.  The big success of the James Bond films or the series (which was the best action films of the 1960s) introduced a new level of the modernday action film with a new type of cleaver 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 making them a dominant form of summer blockbuster. In the action time 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 the increase of both budgets and the number of sequels a film could generally have. This led to an increasing number of film makers to create new equipment 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. In 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.

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