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B> The seventh edition of A Short History of the Movies continues the tradition that has made it one of the most popular books ever in film history. This volume offers students a panoramic overview of the worldwide development of film, from the early Mack Sennett and Charlie Chaplin shorts, through the studio heyday of the 1930s and 1940s and the Hollywood Renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s, to the pictures and their technology appearing in the multiplexes of today. This new edition, which has been revised and rewritten to reflect current scholarship and recent industry developments, and new films and filmmakers, represents an accurate, scrupulous updating of a classic. Features an emphasis on key historical and aesthetic principles provides solid scholarship in an accessible, intelligent, and readable format. Inlcudes almost 500 color and black-and-white photographs including frame enlargements and production stills. Includes evaluations of great works from such directors as Griffith, Ford, Scorsese, and Hitchcock illuminates conflicts and controversies in many areas of filmmaking. Also features extensive treatment of international film enables comparison and contrast between American films and those of other countries, particularly Germany, Russia, France, Italy, and China. For anyone interested in the history of film.
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The film history textbook reveals significant trends in movie making through sections devoted to specific time periods and countries. The seventh edition adds discussion of new films, filmmakers, and national cinemas, as well as technical and business developments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205296859
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/7/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introductory Assumptions 1
2 Birth 9
Persistence of Vision 9
Photography 11
Thomas Edison 14
Projection 18
The First Films 23
3 Film Narrative, Commercial Expansion 27
Narrative 30
Business Wars 42
The Film d'Art 46
4 Griffith 48
Apprenticeship 48
The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance 62
1917-1931 72
5 The Comics: Mack Sennett and the Chaplin Shorts 80
Krazy Keystones 80
Charlie 85
6 Movie Czars and Movie Stars 95
Stars Over Hollywood 95
The Emperors and Their Rule 98
Morality 103
Films and Filmmakers, 1910-1928 106
The Comics 121
Hollywood and the Jazz Age 130
7 The German Golden Age 135
Fantasy 137
Psychology 145
The End of an Era 151
8 Soviet Montage 157
Sergei M. Eisenstein 161
Vsevolod I. Pudovkin 170
Dovzhenko, Vertov, and Others 178
9 Sound 185
Problems 189
Solutions 191
10 France Between the Wars 198
Rene Clair 207
Jean Renoir 211
Vigo, Carne, and Prevert 217
11 The American Studio Years: 1930-1945 224
Film Cycles and Cinematic Conventions 227
The Comics 235
Von Sternberg, Ford, Hawks, Hitchcock, Welles 247
12 Hollywood in Transition: 1946-1965 275
Films in the Transitional Era 287
Surfaces and Subversion 303
Finding the Audience 315
13 Neorealisms and New Waves 318
Italian Neorealism 319
Fellini, Antonioni, and Others 326
France - Postwar Classicism 342
1959 and After 352
The French and Italian Revolution 373
14 Emerging National Traditions 1: The 1950s and 60s 375
Sweden 375
England: From Masterpiece Theatre to Social Realism to Masterpiece Theatre 385
Czech Renaissance and Polish Solidarity 398
Cinemas East 407
15 Hollywood Renaissance: 1964-1976 434
The New American Auteurs 443
The Independent American Cinema 465
16 Emerging National Traditions 2: The 1970s and 80s 474
Das Neue Kino 474
Third World Cinemas 486
Up from Down Under, Down from Up Above 497
The New Internationalism 502
17 The Return of the Myths: 1977- 511
Emerging Directors 520
It's A Wonderful Deal 550
Movies in the Age of Video 556
The Look of the Future 562
Appendix: For Further Reading and Viewing 566
Distributors 622
Acknowledgments 624
Glossary 627
Index 645
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