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Film History: An Introduction [Paperback]

Kristin Thompson , David Bordwell
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Aug 1994
Written by two leading film scholars, this text acknowledges the contributions of Hollywood and films from other US sources, as well as examining film-making internationally. Concepts and events are illustrated with over 1400 frame enlargements. The text takes a holistic approach by providing an in-depth look at the historical influences of film-makers from around the globe. The subject of each chapter is placed in its social context. The four types of cinema - commercial, experimental, documentary and animated film - are covered consistently throughout the book. The importance of the individual film-maker is highlighted. For example, Chapter 29, "Art Cinema and the Idea of Authorship", examines the contributions of eight international directors - Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and Federico Fellini, amongst others - whose works demonstrate the idea of authorship and have been the catalysts for change in cinematic history.


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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education (Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070064458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070064454
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good basic guide 13 April 2000
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This is an excellent source of basic information on practically every major film movement. Each chapter is clearly organised and sub-divided in chronological order giving basic knowledge on subjects as diverse as German Expressionism and the Hollywood musical. It is a very good text book to dip in and out of providing a good starting ground for a more in depth study for all film students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for every movie buff! 29 Jun 2000
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Alongside "A Histrory Of Narrative Film" written by David A. Cook, this book represents probably the best account on film history in recent time. By the way, this is not the only one by this tremendous couple of people. Thank you Mr. Bordwell and Mrs. Thompson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service 10 Aug 2013
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Great service, the book looks as it has been described, highly recommend, thank you so much for this lovely book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, nicely packaged 11 Feb 2002
By Andy Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book in a film studies class about four years ago and I kept it because of the wealth of information. For the first time I understood the different epochs of film not only in the U.S. but also around the world. I was introduced to a wider variety of international film and the work of Eisenstein, Renoir, Kurosawa, and others. I highly recommend this book for the concise language, easy explanations, and beautiful black and white and color reproductions from many films. This book is a page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treat for film buffs 21 Sep 2008
By Diana - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent film studies text--informative. Delineates the different epochs of film not only in the U.S. It includes international film and the work of Eisenstein, Renoir, Kurosawa, and others. Concise language and beautiful black-and-white and color reproductions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just great 21 Feb 1997
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this is one of the most comprensive and clear books on film history. Just great to use it as a main reference book to college student
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