American Film: A History

American Film: A History
By Jon Lewis

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Written by a top scholar in the field, American Film: A History gives students a thorough understanding of the fascinating intersection of artistry and economics in Hollywood cinema from the beginning of film history to the present.

A beautiful book and a brisk read, American Film is the most enjoyable and interesting overview of the history of American filmmaking available. Focused on aspects of the film business that are of perennial interest to undergraduates, this book will engage students from beginning to end.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #15785 in Books
  • Published on: 2007-11-07
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.00" h x .90" w x 8.10" l, 2.61 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 512 pages

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About the Author
Jon Lewis (Ph.D., 1983 UCLA) is a Professor in the English department at Oregon State University, where he has taught film and cultural studies since 1983. He has published five books: The Road to Romance and Ruin: Teen Films and Youth Culture (Routledge, 1992); Whom God Wishes to Destroy . . . Francis Coppola and the New Hollywood (Duke UP, 1995); The New American Cinema (Duke UP, 1998); Hollywood v. Hard Core: How the Struggle over Censorship Saved the Modern Film Industry (NYU Press, 2000); and The End of Cinema as We Know It: American Film in the Nineties (NYU Press, 2001). In the past two years, Professor Lewis has appeared in two theatrically released documentaries on film censorship: Inside Deep Throat (Fenton Baily, 2005) and This Film is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick, 2006). From 2002 to 2007, he was the Editor of Cinema Journal.


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4A good quality book
By Amazon Customer
I needed it for school. A good quality book.

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4Detailed yet easy read. I'm enjoying it.
By Celeste Thoms
This is definitely a for the classroom kind of book, unless you love reading textbooks. I have to say for its purpose it's really good. It's an easy read which is a lot different than a lot of film history textbooks and that's what I love about this book. It details the history and the movies really well. It's hard to fit 110+ years of film into one book and think this was well done. My recommendation is if you get this book get a subscription to Netflix as well because you will want to see the films you are reading about. Enjoy.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Lewis touches upon all the important parts of film in ...
By Twinkle
Lewis touches upon all the important parts of film in history, The language isn't too academic, but chock full of information!

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