A Short History of the Movies

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Allyn and Bacon, 2000 - Performing Arts - 702 pages
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The seventh edition of A Short History of the Movies continues the tradition that has made it the most widely used textbook ever for college courses in film history. This volume offers students a panoramic overview of the worldwide development of film, from the early Mack Sennett and Charlie Chaplin shorts, through the studio heyday of the 1930s and 1940s and the 'Hollywood Renaissance' of the 1960s and 1970s, to the pictures and their technology appearing in the multiplexes and sound palaces of today.* Significantly revised discussions of Paul Robeson, Quentin Tarantino, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, and Peter Greenaway. * Includes new treatment of such important filmmakers as Atom Egoyan, Im Kwon-Taek, Abbas Kiarostami, Moshen Makhmalbaf, Nell Shipman, and Alexander Sokurov. * 21 new stills include lobby cards for the first time. * Includes new coverage of the national cinemas of Korea and Iran. * Coverage of the national cinemas of Canada, Denmark, England, France, India, Italy, Ireland, Japan, and Russia, as well as the cinemas of Hong Kong and Taiwan, have been updated to 1998. * Kawins continued meticulous attention to the details

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User Review  - Darrell - Goodreads

This book is okay. The author has really done his homework. The reader is directed to many interesting points. Read full review

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User Review  - Yvette Bustamante - Goodreads

dense with info on us and foreign film history. though the book can read a bit dry at times it has taught me most of what i know about the great and the good films out there :) Read full review


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Bruce F. Kawin is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Tino Balio, Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of "United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars," "United Artists: The Company That Changed the Film Industry," and the editor of "The American Film Industry" as well as the 22 volume Wisconsin/Warner Bros. Screenplay series, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He directed the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research from 1966 to 1882.

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