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The Oxford History of World Cinema Hardcover – 17 Oct 1996

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  • Hardcover: 846 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (17 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198112572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198112570
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a richly rewarding, impressively wide-ranging trawl through the medium's first 100 years (Time Out)

an essential guide for all serious cinema enthusiasts (Flicks)

If any new book deserves the gloss of informed and sacred text, it is The Oxford History of World Cinema ... a sound and thorough job in creating something that at least tries to be genuinely definitive. (Independent)

a model of clear editorial organization in which the essays of more than 80 contributors are marshalled into an illuminating mosaic. (The Economist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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About the Editor: Geoffrey Nowell-Smith is Project Director for European Filmography, and Fellow of the European Humanities Research Centre at Oxford University.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By seldon on 11 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
a must have for all film buffs. given the vast range of subject matter, it tries to cover it with sincerity and honesty. yes, there may be a few ommissions, but few and far between.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chilinist on 10 Aug. 2014
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The book itself promises to be an excellent resource but, be warned, this is not really a Kindle book but a 'print replica'. This means that it retains the original formatting of two column pages which makes this a difficult book to read on a Kindle, requiring a 10.1 screen, at least.
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By Bryan Walker on 28 Jun. 2015
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Nice book for those interested in cinema and movies.
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By Paige Howes on 5 Nov. 2014
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Great condition, thanks!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
A must for film students and ardent film buffs. 2 July 2000
By anthemic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
'The Oxford History of World Cinema' is an excellent reference text with contributions from well-respected academics and critics across the globe. It provides condensed versions of national cinemas, styles, and movements through different eras. What is more, a conscious effort has been made to cover well-known styles such as Italian neo-realism and the Hollywood studio system in addition to lesser known ones such as Scandanavian or Arabian cinema. Furthermore, it moves beyond national cinemas to include a diverse range of topis such as documentary, music, censorship, exploitation, animation and much more.
For those studying cinema, like myself, will find it useful as a condensed reference from which to depart into greater depths of research. Film buffs will find it useful to view films within cinematic contexts such as style, industry, and reception.
The book is divided into three main chapters: (1) Silent cinema (2) Sound cinema and (3) Modern cinema with the differnt topics aforementioned pervading throughout. In addition to this, a few hundred actors, directors, and cinematographers et al have been selected to feature in a special biography page of their own. These include notables such as Sternberg, Bunuel, DeMille, Dreyer, Ozu, Garbo, Warhol and so much more.
There are many illustrations - most of which are black and white but are stunning accompaniments nonetheless. Buy, read, enjoy and cherish it. I know I did!
49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Very heady discussion of film 11 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book includes a large collection of writings on various film movements and styles throughout history. It touches on cinema from all continents and includes sidebars focusing on important filmmakers and their contributions to film. The book is illustrated with many black and white stills with several pages of full-color photographs in the middle.
I would recommend this book to film scholars who are interested in film theory rather than film history or casual discussion. The writings included in this book are not for light reading; they are very heady and in-depth analyses of the art of film.
I consider myself well-viewed and an intelligent film student and am always willing for good discussion about film, but I was a little disappointed with this volume. I was expecting something a little more accessible and approachable and I found this book to be a little dry. It is definitely not for the casual film buff, but for someone interested in the mechanics and the psychology of film, so be aware of this.
I have also been looking at Robert Sklar's "A World History of Film" and, judging from the less intimidating approach used by that book, think that is more of what I was looking for in this.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference 24 Oct. 2009
By Panache, Marlene Bernardino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent reference source for the expert and lover of world cinema. It is complete and authoritative. All genres are well discussed, and the chronology is superb.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Really, offering a lot... 4 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The great title is not fake. Huge coverage of different cinema eras and national cinemas. In depth explanations of film staff. I found everything what i needed to see about world cinema.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Helpful and concise 12 Jan. 2014
By Alexandra Roedder - Published on Amazon.com
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Nothing new or ground-breaking here: a reference book more than anything else. I find it a bit heavy on European cinema and light on the Asian cinema.
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