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Film History: An Introduction [Paperback]

Kristin Thompson , David Bordwell
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1 Jun 2009
Written by two of the leading scholars in film studies, Film History: An Introduction is a comprehensive, global survey of the medium that covers the development of every genre in film, from drama and comedy to documentary and experimental. As with the authors' bestselling Film Art: An Introduction (now in its eighth edition), concepts and events are illustrated with frame enlargements taken from the original sources, giving students more realistic points of reference than competing books that rely on publicity stills. The third edition of Film History is thoroughly updated and includes the first comprehensive overviews of the impact of globalization and digital technology on the cinema. Any serious film scholar--professor, undergraduate, or graduate student--will want to read and keep Film History. Visit the authorss blog at

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; 3 edition (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071267948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071267946
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 21.8 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 6 Sep 2013
By Jephta
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The book is an introduction in film history. The texts are short and clear, but not really elaborate. The book is in good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 13 Nov 2013
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Very useful as I needed this for film studies at uni and this was one of the core books I needed. Anyone interested in film will find this book very interesting. Would highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reeading list for Film studies 3 Nov 2013
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I bought this for my son who was starting Film studies at University, It was one of the essential books for this course, he said that it is 4 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 6 Sep 2010
By Ray
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High expectations, but despite plenty of useful information I was finally defeated by the flat prose and boring presentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Introduction to a Century of World Cinema 10 May 2013
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Bordwell & Thompson endeavor to take in the sweep of world cinema, from its beginnings to the present day, in a single volume. And I'd say they succeed admirably! They introduce each chapter with a little background on the major historical and political currents of each period, which really helps to situate the films in their cultural context. I have taught with this text in Critical Film Studies at New York Film Academy, and found it to be a marvelous companion to the course, and a wellspring of great topics for discussion. The book is written in a straightforward style, and would be accessible even for non-students. Most importantly, this book helps to nurture a love of cinema, and will open doors into areas readers likely had not encountered before. Speaking for myself, after fifteen weeks with the text, I now have a much longer list of must-see movies!
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