Film: An International History of the Medium / Edition 2

Film: An International History of the Medium / Edition 2

by Robert Sklar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0130340499

ISBN-13: 9780130340498

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: Pearson

Winner of a prestigious Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Award in 1996, Film: An International History of the Medium, now in its second edition, presents the entire history of motion pictures, from pre-cinema to the present. Providing a complete analysis of the principal films, directors, and national cinemas, it supplies a thorough grounding in the

Overview

Winner of a prestigious Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Award in 1996, Film: An International History of the Medium, now in its second edition, presents the entire history of motion pictures, from pre-cinema to the present. Providing a complete analysis of the principal films, directors, and national cinemas, it supplies a thorough grounding in the social, economic, and political circumstances critical to an understanding of film as both art and industry.

In a highly readable narrative, Robert Sklar, one of the field's most eminent scholars, covers all significant periods and styles—not only commercial films and classical Hollywood cinema but also animation, documentaries, international art cinema, and the cinematic avant-garde. With emphasis on the international relationships among film communities, chapters are devoted to such critical nodes of film history as early cinema, Soviet silent cinema, Hollywood genres, Italian neorealism, and the French New Wave. Substantial sections are also devoted to the films of Eastern Europe, Latin America, Japan, China, Africa, the Middle East, and India. Informative sidebars complement the main text, and cross-cultural timelines introduce the book's seven main parts. Four totally new chapters on English-language art cinema, new European film, world cinema, and Hollywood bring the book's content up to the present.

Film: An International History of the Medium is beautifully designed and illustrated by more than 750 film stills, frame enlargements, production shots, and diagrams. The 212 color plates include rare examples of early hand tinting, pre-cinema technology, two- and three-color Technicolor,as well as almost 100 new images from contemporary films. These stunning and instructive illustrations further illuminate the author's cogent analyses and wide-ranging perspective. Chapter endnotes, a selected bibliography, a filmography, and a complete glossary of terms complete this extraordinary volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130340498
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

I. EMERGENCE OF CINEMA.

1. Cinema, Society and Science.
2. Early Cinema.
3. Film as Art and Industry.
4. The Global Spread of Film.

II. THE SILENT ERA.

5. Hollywood in the 1920's.
6. The Cinemas of Europe.
7. Soviet Cinema.
8. The Transition to Sound.

III. CLASSIC CINEMA.

9. Hollywood Genres.
10. Meeting Hollywood's Challenge.
11. Documentary, Propaganda, and Politics.
12. Film and World War II.

IV. POSTWAR TRANSFORMATION.

13. Italian Neorealism.
14. Hollywood's Struggles.
15. Art Cinema of Europe and Asia.
16. Hollywood in the 1950's.

V. THE REVIVAL OF CINEMA.

17. The French New Wave.
18. Cinema of Liberation.
19. The New Documentary.
20. American Film: Turmoil and Transformation.

VI. THE EXPANSION OF CINEMA.

21. European Films of the 1960s and 1970s.
22. Hollywood Recovery.
23. The Cinematic Avant-Garde.
24. The Global Advance of Cinema.

VII. CINEMA BEGINS ITS SECOND CENTURY.

25. English-Language Art Cinema.
26. New European Film.
27. World Cinema.
28. American Cinema: Special Effects and Beyond.

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