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How can we understand the history of film?
Historical facts don’t answer the basic questions of film history. History, as this fascinating book shows, is more than the simple accumulation of film titles, facts and figures. This is a survey of over 100 years of cinema history, from its beginnings in 1895, to its current state in the twenty-first century.
An accessible, introductory text, Movie History: A Survey looks at not only the major films, filmmakers, and cinema institutions throughout the years, but also extends to the production, distribution, exhibition, technology and reception of films. The textbook is divided chronologically into four sections, using the timeline of technological changes:
Section One looks at the era of silent movies from 1895 to 1927; Section Two starts with the coming of sound and covers 1928 until 1950; Section Three runs from 1951 to 1975 and deals with the coming and development of television; and Section Four focuses on the coming of home video and the transition to digital, from 1975 to 2010.
Key pedagogical features include:
Written by two highly respected film scholars and experienced teachers, Movie History is the ideal textbook for students studying film history.
SECTION 1: The Silent Cinema 1895-1927
Chapter 1: The Invention and Innovation of the Motion Pictures
Case Study 1: Who Went to See Early Movies in the USA?
Chapter 2: The Triumph of Hollywood
Case Study 2: Government Control of What Audiences Saw - The Battle on Film Censorship in Germany and the USA
Chapter 3: Hollywood Establishes the Classic Narrative Style
Case Study 3: The Acceptance of the Classical Hollywood Filmmaking Style
Chapter 4: Influential Alternatives to Hollywood: European Cinema
Case Study 4: Carl Dreyer - A Danish Individualist
Chapter 5: Experiments in Filmmaking: The USSR
Case Study 5: Evaluation in Movie History - The Case of Odessa Steps
SECTION 2: The Hollywood Studio Era 1928-1950
Chapter 6: The Coming of Sound & the Studio System
Case Study 6: The Coming of Sound to Europe - The Triumph of National Film Production in Holland
Chapter 7: The First Golden Age of Hollywood Movie Making
Case Study 7: How was the Moviegoer Affected by the Movies? — Reconstructing the Meaning of Movies and Movie Going with the Help of Oral History.
Chapter 8: European Alternatives to Hollywood: France, Britain, Germany and Italy
Case Study 8: What Did the European Moviegoer Really Like? — Reconstructing the taste of the Moviegoer with the Help of Film Programming and Statistics.
SECTION 3: The Television Era 1951-1975
Chapter 9: Television, Wide-Screen and Colour
Case Study 9: Film Societies as Alternative Spaces for Movie Exhibition
Chapter 10: A Transformation of Hollywood Movie-Making
Case Study 10: A Critic who Changed the Status of Hollywood Movies
Chapter 11: The European Art Cinema Alternative
Case Study 11: Art Movie Theaters in the USA
Chapter 12: Alternative Film Industries — The Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, South America, Australia and Japan
Case Study 12: The Importance of Film Festivals
SECTION 4: The Video to Digital Era 1975-2010
Chapter 13: Contemporary World Cinema History — 1975 and Beyond
Case Study 13: Film Historical Research in the Digital Age
Chapter 14: Hollywood Thrives
Case Study 14: The Reception of James Cameron’s Avatar