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    DescriptionThis new edition of The Story of Film, published to coincide with the fascinating 15-hour film documentary airing in September 2011, updates the most accessible and compelling history of the medium yet published. Film critic, producer and presenter, Mark Cousins shows how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other. He demonstrates, for example, how Douglas Sirk's Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s influenced Rainer Werner Fassbinder's despairing visions of 1970s Germany; and how George Lucas' Star Wars epics grew out of Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. The Story of Film is divided into three main epochs: Silent (1885-1928), Sound (1928-1990) and Digital (1990-Present), and within this structure films are discussed within chapters reflecting both the stylistic concerns of the film-makers and the political and social themes of the time. Film is an international medium, so as well as covering the great American films and film-makers, the book explores cinema in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and South America, and shows how cinematic ideas and techniques cross national boundaries. Avoiding jargon and obscure critical theory, the author constantly places himself in the role of the moviegoer watching a film, and asks: 'How does a scene or a story affect us, and why?' In so doing he gets to the heart of cinematic technique, explaining how film-makers use lighting, framing, focal length and editing to create their effects. Clearly written, and illustrated with over 400 stills, including numerous sequences explaining how scenes work, The Story of Film is essential reading for both film students and the general moviegoer.


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    Title
    The Story of Film
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Cousins
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 1,501 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781862059429
    ISBN 10: 186205942X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC classification: PN
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    Libri: I-PR
    B&T General Subject: 221
    Abridged Dewey: 791
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PER004030
    BIC subject category V2: APFA
    DC22: 791.4301, 791.4309
    Thema V1.0: ATFA
    Illustrations note
    400 colour and black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    PAVILION BOOKS
    Imprint name
    PAVILION BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Mark Cousins is an author, film critic, producer, and documentary filmmaker. He is the former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and a regular contributor to "Prospect," " Sight and Sound," and the "Times."