World cinema since 1945 /
edited by William Luhr.
New York : Ungar, 1987.
x, 708 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-09:
None of the film histories used today in introductory courses (e.g., Gerald Mast's A Short History of the Movies, 4th ed., 1986, or David Cook's A History of Narrative Film, CH, Jun '82) offer broader or more in-depth treatment of the cinema since WW II than this book. In each of its 30 chapters, knowledgeable writers survey developments in all the major national centers of film production (e.g., France, the USSR, and the US) as well as in Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Israel, and other smaller countries. Only the cinema of Arabic-speaking countries, primarily Egypt, receives less space than it deserves. Each essay considers the immediate postwar social and political situation and the economic and organizational circumstances of each nation's film industry, then provides brief accounts of the careers of major directors and the ways some of their best-known films reflect or construct dominant political, social, or artistic trends in their countries. At times, this results merely in lists of directors and films, to which impressionistic critical remarks are added, but a reasonable balance is usually struck, and individual works are successfully positioned within national concerns, problems, and possibilities. All the essays are clearly written and include helpful bibliographies. Recommended for undergraduate and general collections.-S. Liebman, Queens College, CUNY
Appeared in Library Journal on 1987-02:
Perhaps because what constitutes an adequate methodology for writing film history remains unsettled, these essays by 24 writers have varying success in explaining the development of film in the more than 30 countries treated here. The least successful and least interesting entries merely arrange film titles by director, theme, and chronology. The more thoughtful sectionsparticularly those on Canadian, Czechoslovakian, and French filmcombine economic and social data to reveal the forces and ideas that have shaped a specific nation's output during these years. Despite the unevenness, the collection offers a handy one-volume reference that should be useful to film libraries. Marshall Deutelbaum, English Dept., Purdue Univ., W. Lafayette, Ind.
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Booklist, February 1987
Library Journal, February 1987
Choice, September 1987
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