History of Film

World of Art

History of Film

  1. David Parkinson
  • ISBN 9780500204108
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 304pp
  • 176 Illustrations, 15 in colour
  • First published 2012
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‘Concise, serious, but very readable’ – Library Review
‘Impressively thorough … adeptly articulates the contributions of particular directors and movements and provides succinct social and historical context for the subject’ – Publishers Weekly
‘Always readable … the detail and research are top stuff’ – Cinemart

Second edition

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In this lively, informative and up-to-date analysis, David Parkinson traces the evolution of the moving image from the earliest shadow shows to the digital film-making of the 21st century.

Covering the key elements and players that have contributed to its artistic and technical development, the book offers a remarkably concise overview of film throughout the world.

Beginning with cinema’s scientific origins, it assesses the achievements of an international body of film-makers, among them D. W. Griffith and the pioneers of the classical narrative; silent artists; the directors of Golden Age Hollywood; the Italian Neo-Realists; and the auteurs 
of the French New Wave.

A new chapter maps developments in form and technology from the mid-1990s to today, examining experiments in three-dimensionality, the revival of animation, and the democratisation of film-making following the digital revolution.Parkinson also highlights the best work to have emerged globally, from Poland to China, Korea and Mexico. With a fully updated glossary and bibliography, History of Film remains the definitive survey of this dynamic and popular art form.

David Parkinson is a film critic for Empire and The Radio Times. In addition to editing Mornings in the Dark: The Graham Greene Film Reader, he is also the author of The Bloomsbury Good Movie Guide, The Young Oxford Book of Cinema, Oxford at the Movies, The Rough Guide to Film Musicals and 100 Ideas That Changed Film.