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Cinema: The Whole Story [Paperback]

Philip Kemp , Sir Christopher Frayling
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19 Sep 2011
Cinema: The Whole Story takes a close look at the key time periods, genres and key works in world cinema. It places the burgeoning world of cinema in the context of social and cultural developments that have taken place since its beginnings. Organized chronologically, the book traces the evolution of cinematic development, from the earliest days of film projection to the multiscreen cinemas and super-technology of today. Illustrated, in-depth text charts every genre of cinema, from the first silent films to epic blockbusters, CGI graphics and groundbreaking effects of the 21st century. Cinema: The Whole Story is an indispensable book for all those who love watching and reading about films and who want to understand more about the world of cinema.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (19 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289471
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 4.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A great introduction to cinema's long and varied tale, remaining well-written, accessible and clearly laid-out throughout'

`Definitely a keeper ... there's an enormous amount in these 576 pages - a lot of sharply written words, a wealth of information and great illustrations ... You won't find a better gift for a movie lover'
--Bournemouth Daily Echo

`More stars than there are in heaven; more directors than you can shake a stick at; all this, a technical glossary and timelines too.' --The Scotsman

'Bridges the gap between bedside favourite and desktop standby with admirable ease' --Total Film

'Informative, well-researched and concisely laid out ... will undoubtedly make a handsome addition to the coffee table of the cinephile'
--Eastern Daily Press

'Gleaming graphics, pithy text and a cine-historical narrative that brings us right up to today' --Financial Times

'As you'd expect from Thames & Hudson, Cinema: The Whole Story combines high production values and a generous selection of colour stills with a sensible price tag ... truly impressive, with much to offer for the novice and the jaded aficionado'
--Sight & Sound

`Through cleverly plotted timelines and key classics ... concisely analysed and lavishly illustrated, the threads of history are woven together in a handsome guide.'

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, but not a lot of depth 13 Jan 2013
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Good overview, but not a lot of depth on any particular film or genre. This perhaps to be expected for a 'whole story' book, but it makes you feel like you are only skimming the surface.
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5.0 out of 5 stars present 24 Nov 2012
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Bought for a present. Great photos and looks great too. My daughter was very happy with it she is a media student..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I luv it 28 Feb 2012
By marco
Excelent, easy to-make purchase. Great book, it contains the history of cinema in precious details and revealing information. It's a must for movie fans, either for those who are only curious and looking forward to having a good time or for the scholars and teachers who will use it in class as a source for analysis and reviews. Highly recommend it to all.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema 10 Jan 2012
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This is an excellent studio and covers the whole story in a clever way. The book is a typical example of Thames and Hudson quality and I would not hesitate to tell my friends about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars item quality 28 Nov 2011
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The book arrived on time and its quality is too good. I recommmend and want buy again. It was used but do not looks like a used book.
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