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The Oxford History of World Cinema

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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. In The Oxford History of World Cinema, an international team of film historians traces the history of this enduringly popular entertainment medium. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, s ...more
Paperback, 824 pages
Published February 11th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 17th 1996)
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Grace Balmes
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had to read this book for my English passion project. My project has to do with how different cultures effect filmmaking so this book was extremely helpful. This book provided a lot of information regarding different countries and how their filmmaking ways changed throughout the different eras of film, such as silent, sound, and modern. The answer to my question was completely answered in this book, with the help of the other sources I had. There are a lot of details in this book which really ...more
Michael
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I now know much more about world cinema than I did two months ago. On the positive side, I have an increased appreciation for the evolution of the art form, especially as that evolution manifests itself in film traditions from cultures other than Hollywood's.
The negative aspect of this overview, however, was the amount of time spent dwelling on the economics and business side of the cinema. Going in, I was hoping for a more detailed analysis of the aesthetics of film, and I wish they had spent
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Kevin
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exhaustive and exhausting. Not a history of film, but a history of the film industry or tradition around the world.
Nathan
Jun 02, 2012 is currently reading it
The Oxford History of World Cinema is an amazingly well put-together overview of international motion picture history. Whether you are interested in the technical, commercial or artistic development of cinema - a pretty comprehensive guide awaits you in this book. The various contributors ( all of them particularly knowledgable regarding specific areas of film history ) provide a wealth of information about the single most important modern art form.
The single element about this book that I am
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David
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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.
Mentai
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a large brick of a reference so I didn't read all of it! The entries on melodrama, music and the silent film, the introduction of sound to cinema and the fantastic were informative as background for me. The reference also explores national cinema from other parts of the world.
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I want to know about film history
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