Icons of Film: The 20th Century

Icons of Film: The 20th Century

by Peter W. Engelmeier, Georg E. Vogel, Ilse Schliekmann, Michael Althen, Michael Althen
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791323947
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Series:
Icons Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
10.23(w) x 12.11(h) x 1.63(d)

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