Short History of the Movies, A , Abridged Edition

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  • Edition: 11th
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  • Copyright: 2011-09-23
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This is the essential core of Mast and Kawin's classic in a streamlined volume: the most accurate, carefully updated account of cinema today in a clear and lively book.   Building on Mast's astute and lively history of cinema, Kawin has refined and updated the fascinating story of cinema's evolution from its earliest beginnings to the digital age. Probing deeper than most movie books, he takes us into the studio vaults, corrects the record, discloses what goes on inside the industry, clarifies the mysteries of movie technology, and offers a precise, thoroughly researched account. Kawin's analysis is witty and engaging, rich in instructive insights and entertaining illustrations of the art, history, technology, business, and fun of film. Now the essentials of Mast and Kawin's classic book are available in a compact version, judiciously streamlined at an even trimmer price.

Table of Contents

1. Introductory Assumptions.


2. Birth.

Frames per second.

        Pictures on Film.


        Flicker and the Continuous Signal.

Persistence of Vision and Other Phenomena.

        Seeing with the Brain.

        Visual Masking and Retinal Retention.

        Scientific Toys.

        Émile Reynaud.


        Muybridge and Marey.

Thomas Edison.

        W. K–L. Dickson and William Heise.

        Early Cameras and Films.

        The Kinetoscope.

        A Sound Film and Studio.


        The Magic Lantern.

        The Loop and Other Solutions.

        The Lumière Brothers.

        R.W. Paul.

        The Vitascope.

The First Films.


3. Film Narrative, Commercial Expansion.

Early Companies.


        George Méliès.

        Cohl and Others.

        Edwin S. Porter.

        From Brighton to Biograph.

        Complexity in Early Film

Business Wars.

The Film d’Art.


4. Griffith.


        Biograph: The One-Reelers.

        Two Reels and Up.

The Birth of a Nation.



        Broken Blossoms and Way Down East.

        The Struggle.


5. Mack Sennett and the Chaplin Shorts.

Krazy Keystones.



6. Movie Czars and Movie Stars.

Stars over Hollywood.

        The First Stars.

        California, Here We Come.

The Emperors and Their Rule.

        Major Studios.

        Movie Palaces.


Films and Filmmakers, 1910-28.

        Thomas Ince.

        Douglas Fairbanks.

        DeMille and von Stroheim.


        Henry King.

        Oscar Micheaux and the Race Movie.

        Webber and Watson.

        Weber and Women.

        King Vidor.

        Lubitsch and Others.

        Flaherty and the Silent Documentary.

The Comics.

        Laurel and Hardy and Hal Roach.

        Harold Lloyd.

        Harry Langdon.

        Buster Keaton.

        The Gold Rush and The General.

Hollywood and the Jazz Age.


        Jazz, Booze, and It.


7. The German Golden Age.

Expressionism, Realism, and the Studio Film.






        The Last Laugh.

        Pabst and die neue Sachlichkeit.

The End of an Era.

        Beyond the Studio.

        Exodus to Hollywood.

        Using Sound.

        Lei Riefenstahl.


8. Soviet Montage.

The Kuleshov Workshop.

Sergei M. Eisenstein.

        Battleship Potemkin.


        Sound and Color.

Vsevolod I. Pudovkin.


        Later Works.

Other Major Figures.

        Alexander Dovzhenko.

        Dziga Vertov.

Socialist Realism.


9. Sound.





10. France between the Wars.

Surrealism and Other Movements.

Gance and Dreyer.

        Abel Gance.

        The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Rene Clair.

Jean Renoir.

        Grand Illusion.

        The Rules of the Game.

Vigo and Others.

        Jean Vigo.

        Carné and Prévert.


11. The American Studio Years: 1930-45.

Film Cycles and Cinematic Conventions.

        The Production Code.


        Studios and Style.

        Women in the Studio Era

The Comics.

        Late Chaplin.

        Disney’s World.

        Lubitsch and Sound.

        Frank Capra.

        Preston Sturges.

        George Cukor.

        The Marx Brothers.

        Mae West.

        W.C. Fields.

Masters of Mood and Action.

        Josef von Sternberg.

        John Ford.

        Howard Hawks.

        Alfred Hitchcock.

        Orson Welles.


12. Hollywood in Transition: 1946-65.

Enemies Within: Freedom of Association and Free Entertainment.

        The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist.

        3-D, CinemaScope, Color, and the Tube.

Films in the Transitional Era.

        Freedom of Speech, Preminger, and the End of the Blacklist.

        Message Pictures: Kazan and Others.

        Adaptations and Values: John Huston and Others.

        Film Noir and Other Genres.

        The Freed Musicals.

Surfaces and Subversion.

        Samuel Fuller .

        Late Hitchcock.

        Nicholas Ray.

        Late Ford.

        Douglas Sirk.

Finding the Audience.


13. Neorealism, New Wave, and What Followed.

Italian Neorealism.

        Roberto Rossellini.

        De Sica and Zavattini.

        Luchino Visconti.

Romantics and Antiromantics.

        Federico Fellini.

        Michelangelo Antonioni.

        Pasolini and Bertolucci.

        Germi, Leone, and Others.

France---Postwar Classicism.

        Cocteau and Others.

        Max Ophüls.

        Robert Bresson.

        Tati, Clouzot, and Others.

1959 and After.

        The New Wave.

        François Truffaut.

        Jean-Luc Godard.

        Alain Resnais.

        Chabrol, Rohmer, and Rivette.

        Varda, Marker, and the Documentary.

        Malle and Others.


14. National Cinemas: 1945-.

Sweden and Denmark.

        Ingmar Bergman.


        Postwar Masters.

        Another New Wave.

        Loach, Leigh, and Others

Central and Eastern Europe.

        The Czech Golden Age.



        The Balkan States.






        Hong Kong.



15. Hollywood Renaissance: 1964-76.

American Auteurs.

        John Cassavetes.

        Woody Allen.

        Robert Altman.

        Francis Ford Coppola.

        Martin Scorsese.

        Malick, De Palma, and Others.

        Stanley Kubrick.

The Independent American Cinema.

        Early History.

        Film Poets.


16. National Cinemas 2: 1968-.

Das neue Kino.

        Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

        Werner Herzog.

        Wim Wenders.

        Von Trotta and Others.

Third World Cinemas.

        Emerging Cinemas, Emerging Concerns.

        Instructive Dramas.



        Alea and Sembene.

Other English-Language Cinemas.


        New Zealand.


        Ireland and Elsewhere.

Russia and the Former Soviet Union.

        Paradjanov, Tarkovsky, and Others.

        Glassnost and After.


The New Internationalism.

        Luis Bunuel and Spain.


17. The Return of the Myths: 1977-.

Star Wars and the New Mythology.

        Superheroes, Slashers, and Cops.

        Myth and Antimyth.

        Popular Heroes and Postmodern Irony.

Leading Directors.

Lucas and Spielberg.

David Lynch.

Jim Jarmusch

John Waters

Joel and Ethan Coen

Jonathan Demme

Terry Gilliam

Carl Reiner and Others

Robert Zemeckis.

Tim Burton

Oliver Stone

Quentin Tarantino

Robert Rodriguez

John Sayles

Charles Burnett

Spike Lee

Luis Valdez

Gus Van Sant

Julie Taymor and Others.

Ridley Scott and Others.

Christopher Nolan and Others.


18. Conglomerates and Video: 1975-.

It’s A Wonderful Deal.

        Sequels and Blockbusters.


        For Sale: Studio.

        The Budget Explosion.

        Executive Decisions.


        Studio Shake-ups.

Movies in the Age of Video.

        Analog and Digital Information.

        Sampling and Conversion.

        Videotape Recorders, Cassettes, and Discs.


        Out of the Vaults.

        Pixels and Lines.

        Film and Video Frames.

        Changes on the Set.

        Nonlinear Editing.

        Copies and Originals.


        Electronic Cinema.


19. Digital Cinema: 1999-.

Doing without Film.


Production and Distribution.

The Look of the Future.


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