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In the decade since 1995, cinema has changed technically, aesthetically and commercially. Hollywood is still on top, yet, globally, film is better than ever

By Mark Cousins   October 2005

What has happened in the movie world in the last ten years? As Prospect launched in 1995, Heat, Seven and The Usual Suspects were all riding high at the box office. America had rediscovered the intelligent thriller, it seemed, and Braveheart quickened the pulse. Mainstream cinema wasn’t in bad shape, but the sand was shifting under its feet. Film was changing, but few would guess how momentous those changes would be.

Consider the landmarks in film history over the last decade. Just before the birth of Prospect, a new film studio—Dreamworks SKG—emerged. The first fully computer-generated film, Toy Story, was…

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