Cinema: The First Hundred Years

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On February 1, 1893, Thomas Alva Edison completed the first motion picture studio: a hut on a pivot that could be rotated to follow the sun. Almost a year later, on January 7, 1894, he took a copyright for the very first film - a memorable short entitled Fred Ott's Sneeze. And from these inauspicious beginnings, one hundred years later, has grown a medium that is arguably the most popular and influential man has created. David Shipman, for decades on of the world's leading film critics and historians, has in ...
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Overview

On February 1, 1893, Thomas Alva Edison completed the first motion picture studio: a hut on a pivot that could be rotated to follow the sun. Almost a year later, on January 7, 1894, he took a copyright for the very first film - a memorable short entitled Fred Ott's Sneeze. And from these inauspicious beginnings, one hundred years later, has grown a medium that is arguably the most popular and influential man has created. David Shipman, for decades on of the world's leading film critics and historians, has in Cinema: The First Hundred Years given us a definitive survey of film's first century - and one of the most lavishly illustrated volumes on cinema history ever produced. With profound expertise, sharp wit and unmatched insight, Shipman chronicles the medium's watershed events, year by year - great stars discovered, classic films released, gala openings celebrated, Oscars awarded, accepted, and declined. Here in the 1907, sixteen-scene version of Ben Hur: the classics of the 1930s and 1940s, from Gone With The Wind and Casablanca to David Copperfield and The Bride of Frankenstein: here are the Cinemascope extravaganzas of the 1950s, the road movies of the 1960s, and the modern classics of today. Shipman's scope is exhaustive; the 2,500 films covered include hundreds of international films as well as Hollywood pictures. Accompanying Shipman's text is a photographic record unequalled in its quality: not just another compendium of familiar stills. Cinema resurrects hundreds of pristine, museum-quality photos from archives around the world, reproducing them in a striking oversize format that recalls the grandeur of moviegoing at its most memorable. Complementing Shipman's verbal survey with a gallery of unforgettable visual images, this is a one-of-a-kind volume: the next century is not likely to see a more rewarding gift for the film fan of any age.

On January 7, 1894, Thomas Edison copyrighted a moving visual image, and the peculiar and powerful new medium of motion pictures was born. A hundred years later, acclaimed film critic Shipman has amassed a tribute to the movies as spectacular as Hollywood itself.

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Motion pictures as an art form are just a bit more than a century old, but they've come a long way in a relatively brief period of time. From the early experiments of Edison and the Lumière brothers to the classics of the silent era, the memorable masterpieces of Hollywood's golden age, the wide-screen epics of the 1950s, and the best of today's talented filmmakers, this lavishly illustrated volume covers it all.
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A survey of the first hundred years of film, chronicling the industry's watershed events year-by-year. Numerous photographs accompany the text that covers over 2,500 international and national films. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312100131
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 11.71 (h) x 1.39 (d)

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