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Film: A World History
Condensed and overflowing with more than 500 color photographs, "Film" features significant cinematic movements, timelines that explore the evolution of the industry, capsule biographies of great directors and actors, and examinations of their oeuvre.
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Harry N. Abrams
(first published September 30th 2008)
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This is more of a fun facts type of book than a detailed history of film. However it is fairly comprehensive and covers some obscure film movements, world and independent cinema. And it lays everything out in chronological order which I like. A good book to flick through now and again to discover a new director or film.