First published in 1985, "The Cinema Book "was hailed as a landmark film studies text, presenting in accessible form two decades of intellectual activity on the subject. The second edition (1999) consolidated "The Cinema Book"'s international reputation as the leading guide to film studies. This new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and updated to include brand new chapters together with original essays and case studies written by leading scholars from around the globe. It provides comprehensive coverage of seven major areas: Hollywood Cinema and Beyond; Stars; Technologies; World Cinemas; Genre; Authorship; and Developments in Theory. New topics include Global Hollywood; Contemporary Women Directors; Queer Theory; and Postmodernism. All sections are supported by in-depth analyses of films from the earliest days to the present.
Pam Cook is Professor Emerita in Film at the University of Southampton. Along with Laura Mulvey and Claire Johnston, she was a pioneer of 1970s Anglo-American feminist film theory. In the mid-1980s, she co-authored and edited the leading film studies text book The Cinema Book for the British Film Institute (BFI). From 1985 to 1994 she was Associate Editor and contributor on the BFI magazines Monthly Film Bulletin and Sight and Sound, before becoming a lecturer at the University of East Anglia. In 1998 she was appointed the first Professor of European Film and Media at the University of Southampton. Since her retirement in 2005, she continues to publish books and articles on film.