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Written by two of the leading scholars in film studies,Film History: An Introductionis a comprehensive, global survey of the medium that covers the development of every genre in film, from drama and comedy to documentary and experimental. As with the authors' bestsellingFilm Art: An Introduction(now in its eighth edition), concepts and events are illustrated with frame enlargements taken from the original sources, giving students more realistic points of reference than competing books that rely on publicity stills. . . ..The third edition ofFilm Historyis thoroughly updated and includes the first comprehensive overviews of the impact of globalization and digital technology on the cinema. Any serious film scholar--professor, undergraduate, or graduate student--will want to read and keep Film History.. . .Visit the authorss blog at

Table of Contents

Introduction: Film History and How It Is Done Why Do We Care About Old Movies?
What do Film Historians Do?
Our Approach to Film History History as Story
Early Cinema
The Invention and Early Years of the Cinema, 1880s-1904 The Invention of the Cinema Early Filmmaking and Exhibition
The International Expansion of the Cinema, 1905-1912 Film Production in Europe The Struggle for the Expanding American Film Industry The Problem of Narrative Clarity
National Cinemas, Hollywood Classicism and World War I, 1913-1919 The American Takeover of World Markets The Rise of National Cinemas The Classical Hollywood Cinema Small Producing Countries
The Late Silent Era, 1919-1929
France in the 1920s The French Film Industry after World War I Major Postwar Genres The French Impressionist Movement The End of French Impressionism
Germany in the 1920s The German Situation after World War I Genres and Styles of German Postwar Cinema Major Changes in the Mid- to Late 1920s The End of the Expressionist Movement New Objectivity Export and Classical Style
Soviet Cinema in the 1920s
The Hardships of War Communism, 1918-1920
Recovery under the New Economic Policy, 1921-1924
Increased State Control and the Montage Movement, 1925-1930
Other Soviet Films The Five-Year Plan and the End of the Montage Movement
The Late Silent Era in Hollywood, 1920-1928
Theater Chains and the Structure of the Industry The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America Studio Filmmaking Films for African-American Audiences
The Animated Part of the Program
International Trends of the 1920s "Film Europe"
The "International Style" Film Experiments Outside the Mainstream Industry Documentary Features Gain Prominence Commercial Filmmaking Internationally
The Development of Sound Cinema, 1926-1945
The Introduction of Sound Sound in the United States Germany Challenges Hollywood The USSR Pursues Its Own Path to Sound The International Adoption of Sound
The Hollywood Studio System, 1930-1945
The New Structure of the Film Industry Exhibition Practice in the 1930s
Continued Innovation in Hollywood Major Directors Genre Innovations and Transformations Animation and the Studio System
Other Studio Systems Quota Quickies and Wartime Pressures
The British Studios Innovation within an Industry
The Studio System of Japan India
An Industry Built on Music China: Filmmaking Caught between Left and Right
Cinema and the State
The USSR, Germany, and Italy, 1930-1945 The Soviet Union
Socialist Realism and World War II The German Cinema under the Nazis Italy
Propaganda versus Entertainment
France: Poetic Realism, the Popular Front and the Occupation, 1930-1945
The Industry and Filmmaking during the 1930s Poetic Realism Brief Interlude
The Popular Front Filmmaking in Occupied and Vichy France
Leftist, Documentary, and Experimental Cinema, 1930-1945
The Spread of Political Cinema Government- and Corporate-sponsored Documentaries Wartime Documentaries The International Experimental Cinema
The Postwar Era, 1946-1960s
American Cinema in the Postwar Era, 1946-1960 1946/1947/1948
The Decline of the Hollywood Studio System The New Power of the Individual Film The Rise of the Independents Classical Hollywood Filmmaking
A Continuing Tradition Major Directors: Several Generations
Postwar European Cinema: Neorealism and its Context, 1945-1959
The Postwar Context Film Industries and Film Culture Italy: Neorealism and After A Spanish Neorealism?
Postwar European Cinema: France, Scandinavia, and Britain, 1945-1959
French Cinema of the Postwar Decade Scandinavian Revival England: Quality and Comedy
Postwar Cinema Be
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