The Oxford History of World Cinema

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Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
Oxford University Press, UK, Oct 17, 1996 - Performing Arts - 824 pages
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The Oxford History of World Cinema, written by an international team of distinguished contributors, traces the history of the twentieth century's most enduringly popular entertainment from across the globe. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, from animation to the Avant-garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong. Illustrated throughout. - ;From its humble beginnings as a novelty in a handful of cities, cinema has risen to become a billion- dollar industry and the most spectacular and original contemporary art form. It has spread to all parts of the globe, and is enjoyed by audiences that cut across all sections of society. The Oxford History of World Cinema traces the history of this enduringly popular entertainment medium. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, from animation to the Avant-Garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong. An international team of distinguished film historians tells the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel; other chapters outline the evolution of national cinemas round the world - the varied and distinctive filmic traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood. A unique aspect of the book are the special inset features on the film-makers and personalities - Garbo and Godard, Keaton and Kurosawa, Bugs Bunny and Bergman - who have had an enduring impact in popular memory and cinematic lore. With over 300 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an extensive index, this is the buff's ultimate guide to cinema worldwide. -

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Excellent resource for all things cinema. Like all overviews, one always hopes for a bit more detail when it comes to certain directors, national cinemas, and movements. It serves its purpose though. Read full review

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Geoffrey Nowell-Smithis Project Director for European Filmography, and Fellow of the European Humanities Research Centre at Oxford University.

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