on 27 April 2003
The only course book I have read cover to cover. Quite simply it covers every important issue related to the move from classical to contemporary hollywood (including genre, star power, narrative etc) in a concise and clear writing style that everyone can understand. When writing essays on the subject this is always my first point of reference.
on 5 May 2005
Geoff King's book does exactly what it says on the cover. It is a well written and comprehensive introduction to Hollywood cinema but, it has to be said, there are many other better books which go into much more detail. King does get a little bogged down in definitions of "New Hollywood", but otherwise this is a solid introduction to students just beginning to study film seriously.