This illuminating study charts the changing role of the Hollywood film sequel over the past century. Considering a range of sequels in their industrial, historical and aesthetic contexts, from The Son of a Sheik (1926) to Toy Story 3 (2010), this book provides a comprehensive history of this critically-neglected yet commercially-dominant art form.
Stuart Henderson is Senior Marketing Manager at Studiocanal, UK. He has published articles in a number of scholarly journals and has a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Warwick, UK.
Acknowledgements.- Introducing the Hollywood Sequel.- PART 1: HISTORY.- 1. Early Sequels 1911-28.- 2. Sequels in the Factory 1929-54.- 3. The Uncertainty Principles 1955-77.- 4. The End is Just the Beginning 1978-2010.- PART 2: FORM.- 5. No End in Sight: The Classical Narrative Paradigm and the Sequel.- 6. The McClane Principle: Intertextuality, Stardom and Character in the Sequel.- 7. A Formula of Formula: Genre and the Sequel.- Conclusion: A Story Complete in Itself.- Appendix: Explanatory note: A Statistical Survey of Sequels, Series Films, Prequels and Spin-Offs, 1910-2009.- Summary Statistics.- Bibliography.- Index.