What was the impetus behind the world’s earliest films? Which films have bridged vastly differing cultures to become international icons? What makes a specific director or actor so significant? For anyone who has ever been thrilled by an amazing movie, inspired by a groundbreaking director, fascinated by the romance of Hollywood’s Golden Age complete with cigarette girls, usherettes and assigned seating in the
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cinema, Movies is an indispensable resource. Over 1000 films are covered in all with spreads featuring 160 films in depth and a further 400 films discussed in some detail and illustrated. Beginning with an incisive historical overview of the development of the motion picture, this book traces the evolution of the cinema from the earliest light shows through the rise of digital, the growth of computer-generated imagery, and the emerging popularity of 3-D films today. Movies traces the glorious star-studded history of the movies from the golden age of the early silent classics through every era and genre, as well as covering camera techniques to acting styles. Discover what makes a film a classic, what makes a cinematic icon, and why even the most promising of scripts can sometimes prove a disaster. Movies is an absorbing and beautifully illustrated book that provides priceless insights into the world’s most iconic film images.
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Philip Kemp is a freelance film reviewer and cinema historian who contributes to Sight and Sound, Total Film, and DVD Review. He teaches film journalism at Leicester and Middlesex Universities in England and is the author of Lethal Innocence: The Cinema of Alexander Mackendrick.
MOVIES: From the Silent Classics of the Silver Screen to the Digital and 3-D Era
Philip Kemp, General Editor
Hardcover / 576 pages / 6 ΒΎβ x 10β / 1,500 illustrations
US $35.00 / Can: $37.50
RELEASE DATE: October 2011
Universe Publishing, and imprint of Rizzoli New York