This book presents the entire span of the film medium, from its first beginnings to the present, in a global perspective. By taking a chronological approach, yet incorporating such themes as aesthetics, technology, craft and social impact, Robert Sklar provides a complete analysis of the major films, directors and national cinemas, as well as a ...
This book presents the entire span of the film medium, from its first beginnings to the present, in a global perspective. By taking a chronological approach, yet incorporating such themes as aesthetics, technology, craft and social impact, Robert Sklar provides a complete analysis of the major films, directors and national cinemas, as well as a grounding in the social, economic and political foundations crucial to an understanding of film as both art and industry. The readable text covers not only commercial and narrative film but also animation, documentaries, art cinema and the cinematic avant-garde. All significant periods and styles are explored in depth. Entire chapters are devoted to fields such as Italian Neo-realism; the French New Wave; Soviet silent cinema; Hollywood genres; documentaries, propaganda and politics; and the cinema of Liberation. Substantial sections are devoted to the films of Australia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Japan, China, Africa, the Middle East, India and other cultures. Fascinating reference features amplify ancillary material introduced in the main text, and six timelines place all the components in a historical context. It is illustrated by more than 750 film stills, frame enlargements, production shots and diagrams. The 120 full-colour images include rare examples of early hand-tinting, pre-cinema technology, two- and three-colour Technicolor and other innovations, as well as stills from modern films.
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-11-15 The domination of the world's film industry for decades by the U.S. and Europe undercut the notion of cinema as a universal language. But that hegemony, asserts Sklar, is changing with the rising respect and recognition accorded to filmmakers from China, Finland, Brazil, Japan, Africa, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. In this marvelously illustrated global history, Sklar ( Movie-Made America ), chair of New York University's cinema studies department, discusses how movies have become an international medium of communication, a powerful tool to open minds and shape visions. His broad coverage encompasses the early history of cinema, the rise of the Hollywood monolith, art films, documentaries, animation and experimental filmmaking. Both richly entertaining and intellectually stimulating, this survey will serve as a basic sourcebook for film aficionados, students, casual moviegoers and historians. Reader's Subscription Book Club main selection. (Nov.)
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