Film : An International History of the Medium

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For undergraduate and graduate-level courses in History of Film, Introduction to Film Studies, Film and Culture and Film and History.This comprehensive history of cinema from its origins to the present-day treats the film medium as a global phenomenon with dynamic relationships among nations and cultures in all phases of its history. The text thoroughly covers the technological, aesthetic, and industrial history of films, but also emphasizes the mediums' interconnections with economic, social, and political movements and events. Relating the medium dynamically to other arts, society, economics, politics and culture, this volume shows how the history of film was shaped by wars, depression, regimes, and events.
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  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 213.4 x 279.4 x 30.5mm | 2,109.23g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130340499
  • 9780130340498

About Robert Sklar

ROBERT SKLAR received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Currently Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University, he has been chairman of the Department of Cinema Studies there and has also taught in New Zealand and Japan. The author of several books on film, including City Boys: Cagney, Bogart, Garfield (1992) and the critically acclaimed, award-winning, international best-seller Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies (1975), Dr. Sklar is a member of the National Society of Film Critics as well as the National Film Preservation Board. He is also a member of the American Studies Association, a member and former president of the Society for Cinema Studies, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.
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"A landmark book on our industry." - Clint Eastwood "A delightful book for browsing and sufficiently comprehensive for serious students ... Film buffs will appreciate the range and beauty of this well-written and fully illustrated movie compendium." - Entertainment Today
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Table of contents

I. EMERGENCE OF CINEMA. 1. Cinema, Society and Science. 2. Early Cinema. 3. Film as Art and Industry. 4. The Global Spread of Film. II. THE SILENT ERA. 5. Hollywood in the 1920's. 6. The Cinemas of Europe. 7. Soviet Cinema. 8. The Transition to Sound. III. CLASSIC CINEMA. 9. Hollywood Genres. 10. Meeting Hollywood's Challenge. 11. Documentary, Propaganda, and Politics. 12. Film and World War II. IV. POSTWAR TRANSFORMATION. 13. Italian Neorealism. 14. Hollywood's Struggles. 15. Art Cinema of Europe and Asia. 16. Hollywood in the 1950's. V. THE REVIVAL OF CINEMA. 17. The French New Wave. 18. Cinema of Liberation. 19. The New Documentary. 20. American Film: Turmoil and Transformation. VI. THE EXPANSION OF CINEMA. 21. European Films of the 1960s and 1970s. 22. Hollywood Recovery. 23. The Cinematic Avant-Garde. 24. The Global Advance of Cinema. VII. CINEMA BEGINS ITS SECOND CENTURY. 25. English-Language Art Cinema. 26. New European Film. 27. World Cinema. 28. American Cinema: Special Effects and Beyond.
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