Film History: An Introduction

Film History: An Introduction
By Kristin Thompson, David Bordwell

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Written by two leading film scholars, Film History: An Introduction is a comprehensive survey of film-from the backlots of Hollywood, across the United States, and around the world. As in the authors' bestselling Film Art, concepts and events are illustrated with actual frame enlargements, giving students more realistic points of reference than competing books that use publicity stills.

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #175506 in Books
  • Brand: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
  • Published on: 2002-08-06
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  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.90" h x 1.12" w x 8.70" l, 3.86 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 808 pages


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About the Author
Kristin Thompson is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She holds a master's degree in film from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in film from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has published Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible (Princeton University Press, 1981), Exporting Entertainment: America's Place in World Film Markets, 1907-1934 (British Film Institute, 1985), Breaking the Glass Armor: Neoformalist Film Analysis (Princeton University Press, 1988), Wooster Proposes, Jeeves Disposes; or Le Mot Juste (James H. Heinman, 1992), Storytelling in the New Hollywood (Harvard University Press, 1999), Storytelling in Film and Television (Harvard University Press, 2003), and Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood: German and American Film after World War I (University of Amsterdam, 2005). In her spare time she studies Egyptology. .

The authors have collaborated on Film History (McGraw-Hill, 1994) with Janet Staiger, on The Classical Hollywood Cinema (Columbia University Press, 1985) and Storytelling in the New Hollywood (Harvard University Press, 1999)..

David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Films of Carl Theodor Dreyer (University California Press, 1981), Narration in the Fiction Film (University Wisconsin Press, 1985), Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema (British Film Institute/Princeton University Press, 1988), Making Meaning: Inference and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema (Harvard University Press, 1989), The Cinema of Eisenstein (Harvard University Press, 1993), On the History of Film Style (Harvard University Press, 1997) and Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (Harvard University Press, 2000). He has won a University Distinguished Teaching Award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5A Magnificent Introduction to a Century of World Cinema
By Paul Maverick
Bordwell & Thompson endeavor to take in the sweep of world cinema, from its beginnings to the present day, in a single volume. And I'd say they succeed admirably! They introduce each chapter with a little background on the major historical and political currents of each period, which really helps to situate the films in their cultural context. I have taught with this text in Critical Film Studies at New York Film Academy, and found it to be a marvelous companion to the course, and a wellspring of great topics for discussion. The book is written in a straightforward style, and would be accessible even for non-students. Most importantly, this book helps to nurture a love of cinema, and will open doors into areas readers likely had not encountered before. Speaking for myself, after fifteen weeks with the text, I now have a much longer list of must-see movies!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5A tremendous bargain book bought 2nd hand.
By Greekpoet
I got the first edition, the 3rd containing relatively little added info.....but at a cost of nearly $200. This one was in excellent condition, is a wonderful read for film buffs and film historians. Buy this book, and its companion Film Art, second hand for less than $'ll be happy with both.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5good book
Good book. It has so many information. I feel like before you can be something good , you should know where that come from and this book give you a very well knowledge of it. Check it out.

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