Short History of the Movies / Edition 9

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The essential core of Mast and Kawin’s classic in a streamlined volume: the most accurate, carefully updated account of cinema today in a clear and lively text.


Building on Mast’s astute and lively history of cinema, Kawin has refined and updated the fascinating story of cinema’s evolution from its earliest beginnings to the digital age. Probing deeper than most movie books, he takes us into the studio vaults, corrects the record, discloses what goes on inside the industry, clarifies the mysteries of movie technology, and offers a precise, thoroughly researched account. Kawin's analysis is witty and engaging, rich in instructive insights and entertaining illustrations of the art, history, technology, business, and fun of film. Now the essentials of Mast and Kawin’s classic book are available in a compact version, judiciously streamlined at an even trimmer price.

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Editorial Reviews

The film history textbook reveals significant trends in movie making through sections devoted to specific time periods and countries. The seventh edition adds discussion of new films, filmmakers, and national cinemas, as well as technical and business developments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321262325
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 3/23/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introductory Assumptions 1
2 Birth 9
Persistence of Vision 9
Photography 11
Thomas Edison 14
Projection 18
The First Films 23
3 Film Narrative, Commercial Expansion 27
Narrative 30
Business Wars 42
The Film d'Art 46
4 Griffith 48
Apprenticeship 48
The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance 62
1917-1931 72
5 The Comics: Mack Sennett and the Chaplin Shorts 80
Krazy Keystones 80
Charlie 85
6 Movie Czars and Movie Stars 95
Stars Over Hollywood 95
The Emperors and Their Rule 98
Morality 103
Films and Filmmakers, 1910-1928 106
The Comics 121
Hollywood and the Jazz Age 130
7 The German Golden Age 135
Fantasy 137
Psychology 145
The End of an Era 151
8 Soviet Montage 157
Sergei M. Eisenstein 161
Vsevolod I. Pudovkin 170
Dovzhenko, Vertov, and Others 178
9 Sound 185
Problems 189
Solutions 191
10 France Between the Wars 198
Rene Clair 207
Jean Renoir 211
Vigo, Carne, and Prevert 217
11 The American Studio Years: 1930-1945 224
Film Cycles and Cinematic Conventions 227
The Comics 235
Von Sternberg, Ford, Hawks, Hitchcock, Welles 247
12 Hollywood in Transition: 1946-1965 275
Films in the Transitional Era 287
Surfaces and Subversion 303
Finding the Audience 315
13 Neorealisms and New Waves 318
Italian Neorealism 319
Fellini, Antonioni, and Others 326
France - Postwar Classicism 342
1959 and After 352
The French (and Italian) Revolution 373
14 Emerging National Traditions 1: The 1950s and 60s 375
Sweden 375
England: From Masterpiece Theatre to Social Realism to Masterpiece Theatre 385
Czech Renaissance and Polish Solidarity 398
Cinemas East 407
15 Hollywood Renaissance: 1964-1976 434
The New American Auteurs 443
The Independent American Cinema 465
16 Emerging National Traditions 2: The 1970s and 80s 474
Das Neue Kino 474
Third World Cinemas 486
Up from Down Under, Down from Up Above 497
The New Internationalism 502
17 The Return of the Myths: 1977- 511
Emerging Directors 520
It's A Wonderful Deal 550
Movies in the Age of Video 556
The Look of the Future 562
Appendix: For Further Reading and Viewing 566
Distributors 622
Acknowledgments 624
Glossary 627
Index 645
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