Icons of Film: The 20th Century

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Icons of Film is the sixth volume in Prestel's successful series focusing on the highlights of the twentieth century, which so far has covered art, architecture, photography, fashion, and design.

From the world of the silent movie to the box office hits of today, Icons of Film takes us on a fascinating journey through different stages in the development of the motion picture. A selection of 84 movies includes both universally acclaimed masterpieces of their genre and some lesser...

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Icons of Film is the sixth volume in Prestel's successful series focusing on the highlights of the twentieth century, which so far has covered art, architecture, photography, fashion, and design.

From the world of the silent movie to the box office hits of today, Icons of Film takes us on a fascinating journey through different stages in the development of the motion picture. A selection of 84 movies includes both universally acclaimed masterpieces of their genre and some lesser known films that, in their own way, have contributed towards defining the cinema of the twentieth century.

Each double page includes an informative commentary on the film's origins, its initial reception, awards and nominations it received, and an outline of the characters and storyline. Starting with Charlie Chaplin's unforgettable movie, The Kid, of 1920, our journey takes us through the most significant genres of European and American cinema -- 1930s screwball comedies, 1940s film noir, westerns, science-fiction films, and action thrillers. Cult films such as Casablanca and Children of Paradise are just as iconic as literary adaptations by directors such as Marcel Carne, Francois Truffaut, or Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Other outstanding productions, such as Mikhail Kalatozov's The Cranes are Flying, Sydney Pollack's The Way We Were, or Wolfgang Panzer's Broken Silence may well be new discoveries for many readers.

An introductory essay on the early years of the cinema, lists of the cast and crew, brief biographies of the directors, and a comprehensive index round off the volume.

Icons of Film is a wonderful feast for the eyes, which will bring back memories of that favorite movie or be an introduction to lesser-known gems.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Film historian Peter W. Engelmeier (Fashion in Film) celebrates a select few in Icons of Film: The 20th Century, a dramatically illustrated tome (with more than 300 color and black-and-white photos) on 84 films most of them blockbusters with broad appeal (High Noon, Apocalypse Now, From Here to Eternity, Titanic) and a few distinguished movies favored by sophisticated film buffs (Nosferatu, Broken Silence, A bout de souffle). Arranged chronologically (from The Kid to American Beauty), Engelmeier's selections represent, he believes, the breadth and best of cinema from silent films to talkies, from westerns to dramatic epics and science fiction. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Adult/High School-The contributors have selected 84 masterpieces and lesser-known films that they believe have helped define the cinema in the 20th century. After beginning with a nine-page exposition tracing the first full century of film, this fascinating book then chronologically presents double-page spreads for films beginning with Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, traveling through the decades, and concluding with the 2000 Best Picture Award winner, American Beauty. Each spread provides the title, release date, credits, director (with chronology, selected filmography, and picture), photographs from the film, and a synopsis and critique of each one. Some foreign selections for which information is difficult to locate elsewhere are also included. Unfortunately, there are none by D. W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, John Ford, William Wellman, or any female directors. Some also might question the choice of films by such directors as Frank Capra (Arsenic and Old Lace) and Roman Polanski (The Fearless Vampire Killers). Film noir is represented only by Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard. The layout, print, and the conciseness of the commentary make this book a valuable and easily accessible resource. Each entry is a mini lesson in itself, and the wealth of pictures accentuates the best a print source can bring to an analysis of an art form. An eclectic treasure and a valuable resource for students or teachers.-William Byrd, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791323947
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: Icons Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.23 (w) x 12.11 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Raising the Curtain on the First Century of Film 6
Douglas, Mary, Charlie and Friends or How it Started so Silently and then Learned to Talk 8
The Films
The Kid 16
Nosferatu--A Symphony of Horror 18
The Battleship Potemkin 20
Metropolis 22
The Blue Angel 24
"M" 26
Top Hat 28
Modern Times 30
Bringing Up Baby 32
Gone with the Wind 34
Ninotchka 36
Citizen Kane 38
Arsenic and Old Lace 40
Casablanca 42
To Be or Not To Be 44
For Whom the Bell Tolls 46
Children of Paradise 48
Gilda 50
The Third Man 52
Sunset Boulevard 54
A Streetcar Named Desire 56
High Noon 58
Singin' in the Rain 60
From Here to Eternity 62
La Strada (The Road) 64
Rebel Without a Cause 66
Wild Strawberries 68
The Cranes are Flying 70
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 72
The Big Country 74
La Dolce Vita 76
A Bout de Souffle 78
Ben Hur 80
Some Like it Hot 82
Psycho 84
Breakfast at Tiffany's 86
Lawrence of Arabia 88
Goldfinger 90
The Fearless Vampire Killers 92
In the Heat of the Night 94
Le Samourai (The Godson) 96
Bonnie and Clyde 98
2001: A Space Odyssey 100
Once Upon a Time in the West 102
Easy Rider 104
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis 106
The Godfather 108
Cabaret 110
Day for Night 112
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 114
The Way We Were 116
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest 118
Taxi Driver 120
The Star Wars Trilogy 122
The Marriage of Maria Braun 124
Manhattan 126
The Tin Drum 128
Apocalypse Now 130
Gandhi 132
Blade Runner 134
Paris, Texas 136
Once Upon a Time in America 138
Out of Africa 140
Down by Law 142
The Last Emperor 144
Dead Poets Society 146
Rain Man 148
Pretty Woman 150
Do the Right Thing 152
Dances with Wolves 154
The Silence of the Lambs 156
Thelma & Louise 158
Schindler's List 160
Short Cuts 162
Forrest Gump 164
Pulp Fiction 166
The English Patient 168
Broken Silence 170
Titanic 172
Life is Beautiful 174
The Celebration 176
Shakespeare in Love 178
The Matrix 180
American Beauty 182
How "The End" Disappeared from the Cinema Screen 184
The Authors 185
Selected Bibliography 186
Index 187
Acknowledgements and Photographic Credits 192
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    A Wonderful Book!

    It is a great book to have. Not only does it have excellant info. about the films of the 20th century, but it also gives good ideas for movies to rent on a sat. day night and watch with your friends. Not to mention the pictures are of all the best scenes from each film - or least of the films I have seen. So if you like really meaningful movies or like to read about films and your favorite acters get this book!

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