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A Short History of Film

Third Edition

Wheeler Winston Dixon (author) Gwendolyn Audrey Foster (author)

ISBN: 9780813595122

Publication Date: Apr 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

With more than 250 images, new information on international cinema, an expanded section on African-American filmmakers, updated discussions of new works by major American directors, and a new section on the rise of comic book movies and computer generated special effects, this is the most up to date resource for film history courses in the twenty-first century.
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With more than 250 images, new information on international cinema–especially Polish, Chinese, Russian, Canadian, and Iranian filmmakers–an expanded section on African-American filmmakers, updated discussions of new works by major American directors, and a new section on the rise of comic book movies and computer generated special effects, this is the most up to date resource for film history courses in the twenty-first century.

Reviews

This is the film history book we've been waiting for." –David Sterritt, chairman, National Society of Film Critics

"A Short History of Film is a comprehensive and detailed overview of the last 100 years of international film history. It will prove to be a useful reference tool for all students of film, both in and out of the classroom." –Paula J. Massood, Brooklyn College, CUNY

"A new history of international film at an affordable price. Nothing like those text book prices for a change. Includes perspectives on women and minorities in film along with innovations in technology, genres, studios, and conglomerates." –Stephanie Ogle, Cinema Books

"This excellent introduction stands out in a crowded field with its lively, accessible writing, broad coverage, and particular focus on traditionally marginalized figures in film history...the most striking aspect of the book is the coverage of women, African Americans, and Third World filmmakers, which strongly complements its solid coverage of American and European film. Illustrations abound, and even the best-versed cineaste will find new films to track down after reading the breezy, enthusiastic analysis in this book. Highly recommended for all collections, this text would also make an excellent textbook for introductory film-studies courses." –Library Journal starred review

"With the goal of offering 'a fast paced tour' of movie history, Dixon and Foster have produced a study in the tradition of Paul Rotha's The Film till Now. The authors touch all the bases – they address new trends in international moviemaking, technologies, and critical theory and the emergence of new national and ethnic cinemas – and relate film history to social history. Each new technique, style, school, trend, and newly visible ethnic or feminist group takes its place in the larger history, and Dixon and Foster make it all accessible to the neophyte reader without ever breaking the pace. Uncommonly well-reproduced stills and a topically organized bibliography enhance the discussion. Highly recommended." –Choice
Illustrations 231 black & white and 29 colour photographs
Pages 524
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2018
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Films, cinema   Media studies   Film guides & reviews   Film theory & criticism  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Timeline 1832–2012
  • 1 The Invention of the Movies
  • 2 The Birth of an American Industry
  • 3 World Cinema: The Silent Era
  • 4 The Hollywood Studio System in the 1930s and 1940s
  • 5 International Cinema through World War II
  • 6 Postwar Challenges to the Movies
  • 7 World Cinema in the 1950s
  • 8 The 1960s Explosion
  • 9 World Cinema 1970 to the Present
  • 10 The New Hollywood
  • Glossary of Film Terms
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Wheeler Winston Dixon is the James Ryan Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author of many books, including Black and White Cinema: A Short History (Rutgers University Press), and an internationally known experimental filmmaker.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is Willa Cather Professor Emerita of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is an award winning experimental filmmaker and a prolific author.

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