Movie History: A Survey

Movie History: A Survey
Author: Douglas Gomery,Clara Pafort-Overduin
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 458
Release: 2011-02-28
ISBN 10: 1136835253
ISBN 13: 9781136835254
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Movie History: A Survey Book Review:

Covering everything from Edison to Avatar, Gomery and Pafort-Overduin have written the clearest, best organized, and most user-friendly film history textbook on the market. It masterfully distills the major trends and movements of film history, so that the subject can be taught in one semester. And each chapter includes a compelling case study that highlights an important moment in movie history and, at the same time, subtly introduces a methodological approach. This book is a pleasure to read and to teach. Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania, USA In addition to providing a comprehensive overview of the development of film around the world, the book gives us examples of how to do film history, including organizing the details and discussing their implications.Hugh McCarney, Western Connecticut State University, USA Douglas Gomery and Clara Pafort-Overduin have created an outstanding textbook with an impressive breadth of content, covering over 100 years in the evolution of cinema. Movie History: A Survey is an engaging book that will reward readers with a contemporary perspective of the history of motion pictures and provide a solid foundation for the study of film. Matthew Hanson, Eastern Michigan University, USA How can we understand the history of film? Historical facts don’t answer the basic questions of film history. History, as this fascinating book shows, is more than the simple accumulation of film titles, facts and figures. This is a survey of over 100 years of cinema history, from its beginnings in 1895, to its current state in the twenty-first century. An accessible, introductory text, Movie History: A Survey looks at not only the major films, filmmakers, and cinema institutions throughout the years, but also extends to the production, distribution, exhibition, technology and reception of films. The textbook is divided chronologically into four sections, using the timeline of technological changes: Section One looks at the era of silent movies from 1895 to 1927; Section Two starts with the coming of sound and covers 1928 until 1950; Section Three runs from 1951 to 1975 and deals with the coming and development of television; and Section Four focuses on the coming of home video and the transition to digital, from 1975 to 2010. Key pedagogical features include: timelines in each section help students to situate the films within a broader historical context case study boxes with close-up analysis of specific film histories and a particular emphasis on film reception lavishly illustrated with over 450 color images to put faces to names, and to connect pictures to film titles margin notes add background information and clarity glossary for clear understanding of the key terms described references and further reading at the end of each chapter to enhance further study. A supporting website is available at, with lots of extra materials, useful for the classroom or independent study, including: additional case studies – new, in-depth and unique to the website international case studies – for the Netherlands in Dutch and English timeline - A movie history timeline charting key dates in the history of cinema from 1890 to the present day revision flash cards – ideal for getting to grips with key terms in film studies related resources – on the website you will find every link from the book for ease of use, plus access to additional online material students are also invited to submit their own movie history case studies - see website for details Written by two highly respected film scholars and experienced teachers, Movie History is the ideal textbook for students studying film history.

The New Film History

The New Film History
Author: J. Chapman,M. Glancy,S. Harper
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2007-04-25
ISBN 10: 0230206220
ISBN 13: 9780230206229
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Film History Book Review:

The first major overview of the field of film history in twenty years, this book offers a wide-ranging account of the methods, sources and approaches used by modern film historians. The key areas of research are analysed, alongside detailed case studies centred on well-known American, Australian, British and European films.

On the History of Film Style

On the History of Film Style
Author: David Bordwell,Professor David Bordwell
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 322
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9780674634299
ISBN 13: 0674634292
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the History of Film Style Book Review:

Bordwell shows how film scholars have attempted to explain stylistic continuity and change in film, and in the process celebrates a century of cinema. He considers the earliest filmmaking, the accomplishments of the silent era, the development of Hollywood, and the strides taken by European and Asian cinema in recent years.

A Critical History of German Film

A Critical History of German Film
Author: Stephen Brockmann
Publsiher: Camden House
Total Pages: 522
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 1571134689
ISBN 13: 9781571134684
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Critical History of German Film Book Review:

A historical survey of German films as works of art from the beginnings to the present, suitable for classroom use.

Film and History

Film and History
Author: James Chapman
Publsiher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2013-10-30
ISBN 10: 1137367326
ISBN 13: 9781137367327
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Film and History Book Review:

Film is the pre-eminent mass medium of the modern age. It is a valuable source of evidence for the study of both the past and the contemporary world, and is a social practice that has affected the lives of millions. How can historians engage with this important and influential medium? Written for both students and teachers, Film and History: • provides a concise, accessible introduction to the use of film in historical enquiry and a summary of the main theoretical debates • charts the development of film history as a subject area and a discipline in its own right • considers different approaches to film history, including film as an art form, as ideology, as a historical source, and as a social practice • includes case studies to ground discussion of theories and approaches in specific examples. Wide-ranging and authoritative, Film and History equips students with the methods both to analyse film texts and to understand the place of film in history and culture.

The Historical Film

The Historical Film
Author: Marcia Landy
Publsiher: Rutgers University Press
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780813528564
ISBN 13: 0813528569
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Historical Film Book Review:

What is history? How do we represent it? How do our notions of history change over time? The essays in The Historical Film: History and Memory in Media probe the roles that cinema and television play in altering and complicating our understanding of historical events. The book brings together representative examples of how both media critics and historians write about history as it is created and disseminated through film and television. The essays explore what is at stake culturally and politically in media history and how this form of history-making is different from traditional historiography. The volume is divided into four parts--Regarding History; History as Trauma; History, Fiction, and Postcolonial Memory; and History and Television--that progressively deepen our understanding of just how complex the issues are. Essays by top scholars analyze many different kinds of film: historical film, documentary, costume drama, and heritage films. The section on television is equally broad, examining phenomena as diverse as news broadcasts and Ken Burns's documentary The Civil War. Contributors are Mbye Cham, George F. Custen, Mary Ann Doane, Richard Dienst, Taylor Downing, Gary Edgerton, Naomi Greene, Miriam Bratu Hansen, Sue Harper, Sumiko Higashi, Anton Kaes, Marcia Landy, Shawn Rosenheim, Robert A. Rosenstone, Pierre Sorlin, Maria Wyke, and Ismail Xavier.

Doing Women's Film History

Doing Women's Film History
Author: Christine Gledhill,Julia Knight
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2015-10-30
ISBN 10: 0252097777
ISBN 13: 9780252097775
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Doing Women's Film History Book Review:

Research into and around women's participation in cinematic history has enjoyed dynamic growth over the past decade. A broadening of scope and interests encompasses not only different kinds of filmmaking--mainstream fiction, experimental, and documentary--but also practices--publicity, journalism, distribution and exhibition--seldom explored in the past. Cutting-edge and inclusive, Doing Women's Film History ventures into topics in the United States and Europe while also moving beyond to explore the influence of women on the cinemas of India, Chile, Turkey, Russia, and Australia. Contributors grapple with historiographic questions that cover film history from the pioneering era to the present day. Yet the writers also address the very mission of practicing scholarship. Essays explore essential issues like identifying women's participation in their cinema cultures, locating previously unconsidered sources of evidence, developing methodologies and analytical concepts to reveal the impact of gender on film production, distribution and reception, and reframing film history to accommodate new questions and approaches. Contributors include: Kay Armatage, Eylem Atakav, Karina Aveyard, Canan Balan, Cécile Chich, Monica Dall'Asta, Eliza Anna Delveroudi, Jane M. Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Julia Knight, Neepa Majumdar, Michele Leigh, Luke McKernan, Debashree Mukherjee, Giuliana Muscio, Katarzyna Paszkiewicz, Rashmi Sawhney, Elizabeth Ramirez Soto, Sarah Street, and Kimberly Tomadjoglou.

The History of Cinema

The History of Cinema
Author: Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2017-11-07
ISBN 10: 0198701772
ISBN 13: 9780198701774
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The History of Cinema Book Review:

Cinema was the first, and is arguably still the greatest, of the industrialized art forms that came to dominate the cultural life of the twentieth century. Today, it continues to adapt and grow as new technologies and viewing platforms become available, and remains an integral cultural and aesthetic entertainment experience for people the world over. Cinema developed against the backdrop of the two world wars, and over the years has seen smaller wars, revolutions, and profound social changes. Its history reflects this changing landscape, and, more than any other art form, developments in technology. In this Very Short Introduction, Nowell-Smith looks at the defining moments of the industry, from silent to sound, black and white to color, and considers its genres from intellectual art house to mass market entertainment. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introduction series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Film as History, History as Film

Film as History, History as Film
Author: Patrick Vonderau
Total Pages: 83
Release: 1999
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: IND:30000078416793
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Film as History, History as Film Book Review:

History on Film/Film on History

History on Film/Film on History
Author: Robert A. Rosenstone
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2017-07-28
ISBN 10: 1351625683
ISBN 13: 9781351625685
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

History on Film/Film on History Book Review:

History on Film/Film on History has established itself as a classic treatise on the historical film and its role in bringing the past to life. In the third edition of this widely acclaimed text, Robert A. Rosenstone argues that to leave history films out of the discussion of the meaning of the past is to ignore a major means of understanding historical events. This book examines what history films convey about the past and how they convey it, demonstrating the need to learn how to read and understand this new visual world and integrating detailed analysis of films such as Schindler’s List, Glory, October, and Reds. Advocating for the dramatic feature as a legitimate way of doing history, this edition includes a new introduction, a revised final chapter, a new epilogue that discusses recent history films such as Selma and The Imitation Game, and an extensive and updated guide to further reading. Examining the codes and conventions of how these films tell us about the past and providing guidance on how to effectively analyse films as historical interpretations, this book is an essential introduction to the field for students of history and film.


Author: Erik (Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts Barnouw, Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts Columbia University),Erik Barnouw,Formerly Dean of the School of Arts and Founder of the Film Division Erik Barnouw
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 400
Release: 1993
ISBN 10: 9780195078985
ISBN 13: 0195078985
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Documentary Book Review:

Presents a history of the documentary film

A Hidden History of Film Style

A Hidden History of Film Style
Author: Christopher Beach
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2015-04-30
ISBN 10: 0520959922
ISBN 13: 9780520959927
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Hidden History of Film Style Book Review:

The image that appears on the movie screen is the direct and tangible result of the joint efforts of the director and the cinematographer. A Hidden History of Film Style is the first study to focus on the collaborations between directors and cinematographers, a partnership that has played a crucial role in American cinema since the early years of the silent era. Christopher Beach argues that an understanding of the complex director-cinematographer collaboration offers an important model that challenges the pervasive conventional concept of director as auteur. Drawing upon oral histories, early industry trade journals, and other primary materials, Beach examines key innovations like deep focus, color, and digital cinematography, and in doing so produces an exceptionally clear history of the craft. Through analysis of several key collaborations in American cinema from the silent era to the late twentieth century—such as those of D. W. Griffith and Billy Bitzer, William Wyler and Gregg Toland, and Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Burks—this pivotal book underlines the importance of cinematographers to both the development of cinematic technique and the expression of visual style in film.

History and Film

History and Film
Author: Eleftheria Thanouli
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2018-10-18
ISBN 10: 1501340794
ISBN 13: 9781501340796
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

History and Film Book Review:

History and Film: A Tale of Two Disciplines addresses the representation of history in cinema, a much-argued debate on the need to understand cinematic history in its own terms and develop a certain vocabulary for discussing historical films, their relation to public history, and their impact on public historical consciousness. Eleftheria Thanouli does this by changing the agenda altogether - combining a macro-level perspective with a micro-level one in order to argue that cinematic history is the dominant form of historiography in the 20th century, as it succeeded in remediating and repurposing the key formal, rhetorical, and ideological practices of 19th-century professional historiography. With case studies ranging from The Thin Red Line and Life is Beautiful, to The Fog of War and The Last Bolshevik, Thanouli bridges the gap between history and film studies and lays the foundations for a new visual historiography.

Nonfiction Film

Nonfiction Film
Author: Richard Meran Barsam
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 482
Release: 1992
ISBN 10: 9780253207067
ISBN 13: 0253207061
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nonfiction Film Book Review:

"Richard Barsam has given us as comprehensive a study of the origins and development of the nonfiction mode in motion pictures as we are ever likely to have in one volume. He draws on all the major written sources and many which are little known, and he shares with us many eloquent descriptions of the films themselves, giving us a valuable textbook." —Richard Dyer MacCann "... superb work... " —Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television

The History of Italian Cinema

The History of Italian Cinema
Author: Gian Piero Brunetta
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 385
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9780691119885
ISBN 13: 0691119880
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The History of Italian Cinema Book Review:

Discusses renowned masters including Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini, as well as directors lesser known outside Italy like Dino Risi and Ettore Scola. The author examines overlooked Italian genre films such as horror movies, comedies, and Westerns, and he also devotes attention to neglected periods like the Fascist era. He illuminates the epic scope of Italian filmmaking, showing it to be a powerful cultural force in Italy and leaving no doubt about its enduring influence abroad. Encompassing the social, political, and technical aspects of the craft, the author recreates the world of Italian cinema.

Film, History and Memory

Film, History and Memory
Author: F. McGarry,J. Carlsten,Warren Treadgold
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 209
Release: 2015-04-21
ISBN 10: 1137468955
ISBN 13: 9781137468956
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Film, History and Memory Book Review:

Using an interdisciplinary approach, Film, History and Memory broadens the focus from 'history', the study of past events, to 'memory', the processes – individual, generational, collective or state-driven – by which meanings are attached to the past.

The Invisible Art of Film Music

The Invisible Art of Film Music
Author: Laurence E. MacDonald
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 431
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 188015756X
ISBN 13: 9781880157565
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Invisible Art of Film Music Book Review:

A comprehensive introduction to film music for the general student, the film historian, and the aspiring cinematographer. It is a historically structured account of the evolution of music in films. The book is arranged as a chronological survey and includes biographical sketches on many important film composers in addition to the development of the films themselves.

Responses to Oliver Stone’s Alexander

Responses to Oliver Stone’s Alexander
Author: Paul Cartledge,Fiona Rose Greenland
Publsiher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2010-01-20
ISBN 10: 0299232832
ISBN 13: 9780299232832
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Responses to Oliver Stone’s Alexander Book Review:

The charismatic Alexander the Great of Macedon (356–323 B.C.E.) was one of the most successful military commanders in history, conquering Asia Minor, Egypt, Persia, central Asia, and the lands beyond as far as Pakistan and India. Alexander has been, over the course of two millennia since his death at the age of thirty-two, the central figure in histories, legends, songs, novels, biographies, and, most recently, films. In 2004 director Oliver Stone’s epic film Alexander generated a renewed interest in Alexander the Great and his companions, surroundings, and accomplishments, but the critical response to the film offers a fascinating lesson in the contentious dialogue between historiography and modern entertainment. This volume brings together an intriguing mix of leading scholars in Macedonian and Greek history, Persian culture, film studies, classical literature, and archaeology—including some who were advisors for the film—and includes an afterword by Oliver Stone discussing the challenges he faced in putting Alexander’s life on the big screen. The contributors scrutinize Stone’s project from its inception and design to its production and reception, considering such questions as: Can a film about Alexander (and similar figures from history) be both entertaining and historically sound? How do the goals of screenwriters and directors differ from those of historians? How do Alexander’s personal relationships—with his mother Olympias, his wife Roxane, his lover Hephaistion, and others—affect modern perceptions of Alexander? Several of the contributors also explore reasons behind the film’s tepid response at the box office and subsequent controversies.

Film Music: A History

Film Music: A History
Author: James Wierzbicki
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2009-01-21
ISBN 10: 1135851433
ISBN 13: 9781135851439
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Film Music: A History Book Review:

Film Music: A History explains the development of film music by considering large-scale aesthetic trends and structural developments alongside socioeconomic, technological, cultural, and philosophical circumstances. The book’s four large parts are given over to Music and the "Silent" Film (1894--1927), Music and the Early Sound Film (1895--1933), Music in the "Classical-Style" Hollywood Film (1933--1960), and Film Music in the Post-Classic Period (1958--2008). Whereas most treatments of the subject are simply chronicles of "great film scores" and their composers, this book offers a genuine history of film music in terms of societal changes and technological and economic developments within the film industry. Instead of celebrating film-music masterpieces, it deals—logically and thoroughly—with the complex ‘machine’ whose smooth running allowed those occasional masterpieces to happen and whose periodic adjustments prompted the large-scale twists and turns in film music’s path.

Engaging Film Criticism

Engaging Film Criticism
Author: Walter Metz
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780820474038
ISBN 13: 0820474037
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Engaging Film Criticism Book Review:

Engaging Film Criticism examines recent American cinema in relationship to its «imaginative intertexts», films from earlier decades that engage similar political and cultural themes. This historical encounter provides an unexpected and exciting way of reading popular contemporary films. Eclectic pairings include the Schwarzenegger action film True Lies with the Hitchcock classic North by Northwest, as well as the lampooned Will Smith comedy Wild, Wild West with Buster Keaton's silent feature The General. Using a theoretically and historically informed brand of criticism, Engaging Film Criticism suggests that today's Hollywood cinema is every bit as worthy of study as the classics.