Movie History A Survey

ISBN-10: 0415775450
ISBN-13: 9780415775458
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $58.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 458
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

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 21 st 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 home video in the 1970s; and Section Four focuses on the coming of home video and the transition to digital, from 1975 to 2010.Key pedagogical features include:Timelines in each section help students to situate the films within a broader historical contextCase Study Boxes with close-up analysis of specific film histories and a particular emphasis on film receptionLavishly illustrated with over 450 color images to put faces to names, and to connect pictures to film titlesMargin Notes add background information and clarityGlossary for clear understanding of the key terms and theories describedReferences and Further Reading at the end of each chapter to enhance further studyWritten by two highly respected film scholars and experienced teachers, Movie History is the ideal textbook for students studying film history.

Acknowledgements
Illustrations
Preface
The Silent Cinema 1895-1927
The Invention and Innovation of the Motion Pictures
Who Went to See Early Movies in the USA?
The Triumph of Hollywood
Government Control of What Audiences Saw - The Battle on Film Censorship in Germany and the USA
Hollywood Establishes the Classic Narrative Style
The Acceptance of the Classical Hollywood Filmmaking Style
Influential Alternatives to Hollywood: European Cinema
Carl Dreyer - A Danish Individualist
Experiments in Filmmaking: The USSR
Evaluation in Movie History - The Case of Odessa Steps
The Hollywood Studio Era 1928-1950
The Coming of Sound & the Studio System
The Coming of Sound to Europe - The Triumph of National Film Production in Holland
The First Golden Age of Hollywood Movie Making
How was the Moviegoer Affected by the Movies? - Reconstructing the Meaning of Movies and Movie Going with the Help of Oral History
European Alternatives to Hollywood: France, Britain, Germany and Italy
What Did the European Moviegoer Really Like? - Reconstructing the taste of the Moviegoer with the Help of Film Programming and Statistics
The Television Era 1951-1975
Television, Wide-Screen and Colour
Film Societies as Alternative Spaces for Movie Exhibition
A Transformation of Hollywood Movie-Making
A Critic who Changed the Status of Hollywood Movies
The European Art Cinema Alternative
Art Movie Theaters in the USA
Alternative Film Industries - The Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, South America, Australia and Japan
The Importance of Film Festivals
The Video to Digital Era 1975-2010
Contemporary World Cinema History - 1975 and Beyond
Film Historical Research in the Digital Age
Hollywood Thrives
The Reception of James Cameron's Avatar
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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