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A History of Film

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0205625282
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2/11/2009
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Pearson
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Customer Reviews

provides a good overview  April 4, 2011
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Though less formal than a typical textbook, this textbook practically functions as one. The reading is quick, though the author tends to get carried away on personal tangents. Nevertheless, it provides an impressive overview of cinematic history, from its modest start in the 1890s until the 1990s. One negative aspect is that many films and directors are left out, owing to space constraints, I assume.






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Summary

Substantially revised for the Seventh Edition,A History of Filmis a comprehensive international survey of film from its beginnings to the present. This book highlights the contributions of major film-producing countries, significant filmmakers, and their films within social, artistic, economic, and technological contexts. This Seventh Edition incorporates major revisions designed to improve the bookrs"s focus and update its coverage.

Table of Contents

Preface
Birth and Childhood of a New Art 1895-1914
Brief Motion-Picture Records of Actuality and of Performances
Telling Stories through Staged and Filmed Pantomime
Telling Stories through Filmic Means
The Language of Film
Increasing Films to Feature Length
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Rise of the American Film 1914-1919
The First American Epics
A Tradition of Screen Comedy Is Established
Emerging Patterns of Industry
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Great German Silents 1919-1928
Predominant Types and Themes
Principal Technical and Stylistic Advances
Influence on Hollywood
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Art and Dialectic in the Soviet Film 1925-1929
Historical Setting
Beginnings
Three Silent Masters
Montage: Theory and Practice
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Hollywood in the Twenties 1919-1929
Movies Become Big Business
Ascendancy of the Director
Popular Genres
Sound Arrives
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
France in the Twenties and Thirties 1919-1939
The First Avant-Garde: Impressionism
The Second Avant-Garde: Pure Cinema
The Golden Age of the 1930s
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Hollywood in the Thirties and Early Forties 1929-1945
The Industry
Censorship, Self-Regulation, and Pressure Groups
Color
Notable Directors of the 1930s
Emergent Genres in the 1930s
Wartime
A 1940s Genre:Film Noir
Orson Welles: Boy Genius
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Italian Neorealism 1945-1952
Theory and Practice of Neorealism
Three Major Directors of the Neorealist Era
Period of Transition: 1952-1960
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
The Documentary Impulse: British Film after the War 1945-1963
Postwar Comedies
Free Cinema and Social-Realist Features
The Gothic Strain
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Hollywood in Transition 1945-1962
Television
New Screen Processes
Fall of the Studios, Rise of the Independents
Internationalization
Loosened Controls on Content
Liberalism, Communism, and Anti-Communism: The House Un-American
Activities Committee and Blacklisting
Major Genres
American Directors of the 1950s
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Japanese Film: A Pictorial Tradition and a Modernist Edge 1951-
The Japanese Style
Three Japanese Masters
Japanese New Wave
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Films of the Auteurs: The French New Wave 1954-1968
Auteurism
Precursors to the New Wave
The New Wave Arrives
New Wave Directors
Left Bank Directors and Others
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Other Western European Cinemas: National Cinemas or Eurofilms? 1945-
Scandinavia
Germany
Spain
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Eastern European Cinema: Film Making for the State and Beyond 1954-
Poland
The Czech Republic
The Soviet Union and After
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
India: A People's Cinema 1956-
State of the Industry
Auteurs of the Golden Age
New Indian Cinema
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Modernism and Metaphor: Italy 1960-
Emergence of a New Style: Three Directors of the 1960s
Neo-Neorealism: Three Directors of the 1960s and 1970s
Industry Tavails
The 1970s and Beyond: A Metaphoric Cinema
Popular Genres
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
American Reemergence 1963-1974
Popular Genres
The American New Wave
Independent Voices
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Art Cinema Lite: British Film 1963-
State of the Industry
British Comedy Flourishes
New Social Critiques
British Postmodernism
Americans Abroad
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
New Theories, New Films: France 1968
A Radicalized Godard
After the New Wave
Generic Continuities
A New Crop of Auteurs
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
A Blockbuster Mentality
United States 1975-1993
State of the Industry
Technological Advances
Emerging Genres
Studio Stalwarts
Independent Voices
Representing Diversity
Multinationalism
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
China: Three Cinemas 1984
Mainland China
Hong Kong
Taiwan
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Latin American: Progressive Politics with a Tropical Beat
Cuba
Brazil
Mexico
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Recent National Movements 1959
Africa
Australia and New Zealand
Canada
Iran
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
The Digital Future: United States 1994
Technology on Fast Forward
State of the Industry
Bigger Blockbusters
AnAuteur for theFin de Siècle
Representing Diversity, Part 2
A New Life for Documentaries
Films of the Period
Political and Cultural Milestones of the Period
Index
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