Icons of Film: The 20th Centuryby Peter W. Engelmeier, Georg E. Vogel, Ilse Schliekmann, Michael Althen, Michael Althen
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
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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