on 12 October 2000
I First picked up this book, on the first day of my Film Studies A Level course.I was curious so i took it out of the library, that was a month ago, now its helping me so much with my assignments & it truly is a book that all college & uni students studying film & cinema, should own.
on 7 September 2012
I bought the second edition of this book when I heard it was recommended reading for anyone taking film studies at school.
Although I'm not taking such a course I do have a deep love for all cinema so I took a chance and bought it.
Weighing in at over 400 pages this is a beast of a book and extremely in depth.
It charts everything from the starts to all the major US studios, different narratives, technical aspects (lighting, sound, widescreen, etc...), German, British, Italian and French cinema, all the different genres of cinema (western, melodrama, science fiction, horror etc...), auteurs of cinema and much, much more.
This is not a book to just dip into. It's a comprehensive study and a must for anyone who enjoys more than 'just watching films'.