Introduction to World Cinema

ISBN-10: 0786439076
ISBN-13: 9780786439072
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
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Description: Motion pictures are more than just entertainment. In film studies courses in colleges and universities worldwide, students and professors explore the social, political, technological and historical implications of cinema. This textbook provides two  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 4/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 378
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Motion pictures are more than just entertainment. In film studies courses in colleges and universities worldwide, students and professors explore the social, political, technological and historical implications of cinema. This textbook provides two things: the history of film as an art form and an analysis of its impact on society and politics. Chapters are arranged chronologically, covering the major developments in film, like the advent of talkies or the French New Wave. Each era is examined in the context of several exemplary films commonly viewed in film studies courses. Thus students can watch Birth of a Nation and Intolerance while studying the innovations made by D.W. Griffith from 1910 to 1919. The scope is global, embracing the cinematic traditions of Asia, Latin America and Africa, as well as the all-important American and European output. Thoughtful articles from film scholars are included. The flexible structure of the text allows a variety of options for classroom use or personal study.

Preface
Introduction
The Invention of Motion Pictures: 1895-1910
Early Narratives and the Nickelodeons
D. W. Griffith and Cinematic Language: 1910-1919
UFA and the German Studio System: 1919-1925
Critical Essay: "Caligari"
The Impact of D. W. Griffith on Soviet Montage: 1919-1925
The French Avant-Garde Tradition and Surrealism
Hollywood Silent Films in the Jazz Age: 1919-1929
Hollywood and the Sound Films of the 1930s
French Cinema of the 1930s
Critical Essay: "The Evolution of the Language of Cinema"
The Hollywood Golden Years: 1930-1945
Italian Neorealist Cinema: 1945-1954
Critical Essay: "Some Ideas on the Cinema"
Hollywood at War and Postwar Paranoia: 1940-1954
Postwar Japanese Cinema: 1950-1990
Hollywood in Transition and Decline: 1955-1962
Symbolist Traditions in the Cinema: 1950s-1970s
The French New Wave, Part One: 1957-1968
The French New Wave, Part Two: 1959-1980
Critical Essay: "L'Annee derniere a Marienbad: The Narration of Narration"
Postwar British New Cinema: 1956-1972
The Italian Cinema of Fellini and Antonioni
Hollywood Revival and the Anti-Myth Era: 1964-1976
Critical Essay: "Blow-Up, Swinging London, and the Film Generation"
New Italian Cinema of Pasolini and Bertolucci
New German Cinema
American Auteurs: Allen, Altman and Coppola
Revisiting Genre Films in the 1980s and 1990s
Third Cinema and Post-Colonial Narratives in Africa, Latin America and Asia
Critical Essay: "From a Hybrid Place"
Revisioning History: Contesting Colonialism
Contemporary Canadian Filmmakers: 1987-2007
Cultural Politics: Contemporary Inquiries into a "War on Terrorism"
Index

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