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A Short History of the Movies

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This is the essential core of Mast and Kawin's classic in a streamlined volume: the most accurate, carefully updated account of cinema today in a ... Show synopsis

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  • Okay, but there are better ones out there Mar 18, 2010
    by metra2

    Gerald Mast's A SHORT HISTORY OF THE MOVIES in an informative history of film -- and at over 600 pages, not all that short -- which adequately covers the history of cinema with an emphasis on American movies and movie-making.

    I do, however, feel that there are a couple of books out there that should be considered first: one is the very reader-friendly UNDERSTANDING MOVIES by Louis Giannetti, a favorite of college intro-to-cinema courses, and which like Mast's book has been thru multiple editions. The other is also a popular textbook but of greater length and erudition: Bordwell and Thompson's FILM HISTORY, very detailed and of comparable length to the Mast book.

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