A Short History of Film

A Short History of Film

by Wheeler Winston Dixon, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
     
 


The history of international cinema is now available in a concise, conveniently sized, and affordable volume. Succinct yet comprehensive, A Short History of Film provides an accessible overview of the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from the 1880s to the present. More than 250 rare stills and illustrations accompany the text, bringing readers face… See more details below

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The history of international cinema is now available in a concise, conveniently sized, and affordable volume. Succinct yet comprehensive, A Short History of Film provides an accessible overview of the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from the 1880s to the present. More than 250 rare stills and illustrations accompany the text, bringing readers face to face with many of the key players and films that have marked the industry.

Beginning with precursors of what we call moving pictures, Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster lead a fast-paced tour through the invention of the kinetoscope, the introduction of sound and color between the two world wars, and ultimately the computer generated imagery of the present day. They detail significant periods in world cinema, including the early major industries in Europe, the dominance of the Hollywood studio system in the 1930s and 1940s, and the French New Wave of the 1960s. Special attention is also given to small independent efforts in developing nations and the corresponding more personal independent film movement that briefly flourished in the United States, the significant filmmakers of all nations, censorship and regulation and how they have affected production everywhere, and a wide range of studios and genres. Along the way, the authors take great care to incorporate the stories of women and other minority filmmakers who have often been overlooked in other texts.
Compact and easily readable, this is the best one-stop source for the history of world film available to students, teachers, and general audiences alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813542706
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
492
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


One- The Invention of the Movies
Two- The Birth of an American Industry
Three- World Cinema: The Silent Era
Four- The Hollywood Studio System in the 1930s and 1940s
Five- International Cinema through World War II
Six- Postwar Challenges to the Movies
Seven- World Cinema in the 1950s
Eight- The 1960s Explosion
Nine- World Cinema 1970 to the Present
Ten- The New Hollywood

Glossary of Film Terms

Bibliography

Index

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