The Oxford History of World Cinema

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  • Copyright: 1999-02-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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From its humble beginnings as a novelty in a handful of cities, cinema has risen to become a billion-dollar industry and the most spectacular and original contemporary art form. In The Oxford History of World Cinema , an international team of film historians traces the history of this enduringly popular entertainment medium. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, from animation to the avant-garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong. The Oxford History of World Cinema tells the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel, and they outline the evolution of national cinemas round the world--the varied and distinctive film traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood. A unique aspect of the book are the special inset features on the film-makers and personalities--Garbo and Godard, Keaton and Kurosawa, Bugs Bunny and Bergman--who have had an enduring impact in popular memory and cinematic lore. With over 280 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an extensive index, this is the buff's ultimate guide to cinema worldwide.

Author Biography

Geoffrey Nowell-Smith is Project Director for European Filmography, and Fellow of the European Humanities Research Centre at Oxford University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Special Featuresp. xv
List of Colour Illustrationsp. xvii
General Introductionp. xix
Silent Cinema 1895-1930p. 1
Introductionp. 3
Origins and Survivalp. 6
Bibliographyp. 13
Early Cinemap. 13
Bibliographyp. 23
Transitional Cinemap. 23
Bibliographyp. 42
The Hollywood Studio Systemp. 43
Bibliographyp. 53
The World-Wide Spread of Cinemap. 53
The First World War and the Crisis in Europep. 62
Bibliographyp. 62
Bibliographyp. 70
Tricks and Animationp. 71
Bibliographyp. 77
Comedyp. 78
Bibliographyp. 86
Documentaryp. 86
Bibliographyp. 95
Cinema and the Avant-Gardep. 95
Serialsp. 105
Bibliographyp. 105
Bibliographyp. 111
French Silent Cinemap. 112
Bibliographyp. 123
Italy: Spectacle and Melodramap. 123
Bibliographyp. 130
British Cinema from Hepworth to Hitchcockp. 130
Germany: the Weimar Yearsp. 136
Bibliographyp. 136
The Scandinavian Stylep. 151
Bibliographyp. 151
Bibliographyp. 159
Pre-Revolutionary Russiap. 159
Bibliographyp. 162
The Soviet Union and the Russian émigrésp. 162
Yiddish Cinema in Europep. 174
Bibliographyp. 174
Bibliographyp. 176
Japan: Before the Great Kanto Earthquakep. 177
Bibliographyp. 182
Music and the Silent Filmp. 183
Bibliographyp. 192
The Heyday of the Silentsp. 192
Bibliographyp. 204
Sound Cinema 1930-1960p. 205
Introductionp. 207
The Introduction of Soundp. 211
Bibliographyp. 219
the Triumph of the Studio Systemp. 220
Bibliographyp. 234
Censorship and Self-Regulationp. 235
Bibliographyp. 248
The Sound of Musicp. 248
Bibliographyp. 259
Technology and Innovationp. 259
Bibliographyp. 267
Animationp. 267
Bibliographyp. 275
Cinema and Genrep. 276
Bibliographyp. 285
The Westernp. 286
Bibliographyp. 294
The Musicalp. 294
Bibliographyp. 303
Crime Moviesp. 304
The Fantasticp. 312
Bibliographyp. 312
Bibliographyp. 321
Documentaryp. 322
Socialism, Fascism, and Democracyp. 333
Bibliographyp. 333
Bibliographyp. 343
The Popular Art of French Cinemap. 344
Italy from Fascism to Neo-Realismp. 353
Bibliographyp. 353
Bibliographyp. 361
Britain at the End of Empirep. 361
Germany: Nazism and Afterp. 374
Bibliographyp. 374
Bibliographyp. 382
East Central Europe Before the Second World Warp. 383
Bibliographyp. 389
Soviet Film Under Stalinp. 389
Bibliographyp. 398
Indian Cinema: Origins to Independencep. 398
China Before 1949p. 409
Bibliographyp. 409
Bibliographyp. 413
The Classical Cinema in Japanp. 413
Bibliographyp. 422
The Emergence of Australian Filmp. 422
Cinema in Latin Americap. 427
Bibliographyp. 427
Bibliographyp. 435
After the Warp. 436
Bibliographyp. 443
Transformation of the Hollywood Systemp. 443
Independents and Mavericksp. 451
Bibliographyp. 451
Bibliographyp. 460
The Modern Cinema 1960-1995p. 461
Introductionp. 463
Television and the Film Industryp. 466
The New Hollywoodp. 475
Bibliographyp. 475
Bibliographyp. 482
New Technologiesp. 483
Bibliographyp. 490
Sex and Sensationp. 490
Bibliographyp. 496
The Black Presence in American Cinemap. 497
Bibliographyp. 509
Exploitation and the Mainstreamp. 509
Bibliographyp. 515
Dreams and Nightmares in the Hollywood Blockbusterp. 516
Bibliographyp. 526
CinÉma-VÉritÉ and the New Documentaryp. 527
Avant-Garde Film: the Second Wavep. 537
Bibliographyp. 537
Bibliographyp. 550
Animation in the Post-Industrial Erap. 551
Bibliographyp. 558
Modern Film Musicp. 558
Bibliographyp. 566
Art Cinemap. 567
Bibliographyp. 575
New Directions in French Cinemap. 576
Italy: Auteurs and Afterp. 586
Bibliographyp. 586
Bibliographyp. 596
Spain After Francop. 596
Bibliographyp. 603
British Cinema: the Search for Identityp. 604
Bibliographyp. 613
The New German Cinemap. 614
Bibliographyp. 627
East Germany: the Defa Storyp. 627
Changing States in East Central Europep. 632
Bibliographyp. 632
Bibliographyp. 640
Russia After the Thawp. 640
Bibliographyp. 651
Cinema in the Soviet Republicsp. 651
Bibliographyp. 656
Turkish Cinemap. 656
Bibliographyp. 661
The Arab Worldp. 661
The Cinemas of Sub-Saharan Africap. 667
Bibliographyp. 667
Bibliographyp. 672
Iranian Cinemap. 672
Bibliographyp. 678
Filming the Nationp. 678
Bibliographyp. 689
Indonesian Cinemap. 690
China After the Revolutionp. 693
Bibliographyp. 693
Bibliographyp. 704
Popular Cinema in Hong Kongp. 704
Taiwanese New Cinemap. 711
Bibliographyp. 711
Bibliographyp. 713
The Modernization of Japanese Filmp. 714
Bibliographyp. 721
New Australian Cinemap. 722
Bibliographyp. 730
Bibliographyp. 731
New Zealand Cinemap. 731
Canadian Cinema/Cinéma Canadienp. 731
Bibliographyp. 740
New Cinemas in Latin Americap. 740
Bibliographyp. 749
New Concepts of Cinemap. 750
Bibliographyp. 759
The Resurgence of Cinemap. 759
Bibliographyp. 767
Indexp. 785
List of Picture Sourcesp. 823
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