A Short History of Film

A Short History of Film

by Wheeler Winston Dixon, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813542707

ISBN-13: 9780813542706

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

A Short History of Film, Second Edition, provides a concise and accurate overview of the history of world cinema, detailing the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from 1896 through 2012. Accompanied by more than 250 rare color and black-and-white stills—including many from recent films—the new edition is unmatched in its panoramic

Overview

A Short History of Film, Second Edition, provides a concise and accurate overview of the history of world cinema, detailing the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from 1896 through 2012. Accompanied by more than 250 rare color and black-and-white stills—including many from recent films—the new edition is unmatched in its panoramic view, conveying a sense of cinema's sweep in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as it is practiced in the United States and around the world.

Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster present new and amended coverage of the industry in addition to updating the birth and death dates and final works of notable directors. Their expanded focus on key films brings the book firmly into the digital era and chronicles the death of film as a production medium.

The book takes readers through the invention of the kinetoscope, the introduction of sound and color between the two world wars, and ultimately the computer-generated imagery of the present day. It details significant periods in world cinema, including the early major industries in Europe, the dominance of the Hollywood studio system in the 1930s and 1940s, and the French New Wave of the 1960s. Attention is given to small independent efforts in developing nations and the more personal independent film movement that briefly flourished in the United States, the significant filmmakers of all nations, and the effects of censorship and regulation on production everywhere. In addition, the authors incorporate the stories of women and other minority filmmakers who have often been overlooked in other texts.

Engaging and accessible, this is the best one-stop source for the history of world film available for students, teachers, and general audiences alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813542706
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
492
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

One- The Invention of the Movies
Two- The Birth of an American Industry
Three- World Cinema: The Silent Era
Four- The Hollywood Studio System in the 1930s and 1940s
Five- International Cinema through World War II
Six- Postwar Challenges to the Movies
Seven- World Cinema in the 1950s
Eight- The 1960s Explosion
Nine- World Cinema 1970 to the Present
Ten- The New Hollywood

Glossary of Film Terms

Bibliography

Index

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