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The Oxford history of world cinema [electronic resource] /
edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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xxii, 824 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
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0198112572 (alk. paper) :
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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0198112572 (alk. paper) :
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8190694
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 767-784) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-02:
Compiled by Nowell-Smith (coeditor of The Coming of the Book, Norton, 1985), this collection of essays by a host of international film authorities runs the gamut of movie history, from the silent screen of the 1890s to the contemporary world cinema. Novices and specialists alike will find much here of value, particularly the sections on non-Western nations (e.g., Turkey, Taiwan). Excellent special-feature articles‘primarily biographical‘are interspersed throughout, and more than 280 sharp black-and-white illustrations and a color inset add to the overall quality. Although lack of space prevents in-depth discussion of many themes, general coverage is uniformly good. A fine complement to Robert Sklar's Film: An International History of the Cinema (Abrams, 1993), this reasonably priced volume should be a top purchase for all film collections, if only for the handy, single-volume international scope. Recommended for all libraries.‘Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1997-04-01:
Nowell-Smith assembled an impressive group of world scholars to write the well-informed entries for this monumental work, but there is much repetition (which suggests that the book is meant to be read in, not read through), and the quality of the entries is not uniformly of high caliber. The treatment of Hollywood, both business and creative, is best; and the coverage of Europe and the Far East (except the Philippines) is fine. The sections on Africa and Latin America (especially Mexico) are totally inadequate, and contemporary British cinema is strangely misread. The best by far of the segments on genre is Rick Altman's piece on the musical. The book also includes 139 "Special Features" detailing the careers of notable contributors to world cinema. Would that they were all as balanced and perceptive as John Belton's piece on Howard Hawks. This reviewer wonders at many of the choices: among male directors, there are no entries for Bresson, Lean, Truffaut, Resnais, Allen, Walsh, Kieslowski, Jarman, or Greenaway; female directors are represented solely by Varda, Akerman, and Jodie Foster, and Guy Blache, Weber, Arzner, Von Trotta, Campion, Armstrong, Marshall, and Streisand are missing. These cavils aside, one cannot deny that the book will be indispensable. This reviewer just wishes it had been better. W. A. Vincent Michigan State University
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"Among the best single volume treatments of the subject..." MontrealGazette, July 27, 1997
"Among the best single volume treatments of the subject..." Montreal Gazette, July 27, 1997
'an essential guide for all serious cinema enthusiasts'Flicks
'edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith has no equal in size or substance ...Lucidly and interestingly written, detailed and authoritative, it is a weightyreference book that is indispensable to all serious cinemagoers and those whowatch films on television, and will give much pleasure to readers ... invaluablecompilation.'Ronald Malone, Day by Day, October, 196
'edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith has no equal in size or substance ... Lucidly and interestingly written, detailed and authoritative, it is a weighty reference book that is indispensable to all serious cinemagoers and those who watch films on television, and will give much pleasure to readers... invaluable compilation.'Ronald Malone, Day by Day, October, 196
'Geoffrey Nowell-Smith's encyclopedic book is a model of clear editorialorganisation in which the essays of more than 80 contributors are marshalledinto an illuminating mosaic. Sharp economic analysis and informed politicaldiscussion are interspersed with elegant scholarly commentary on, for instance,the rise of the cinematic avant-garde. There are also crisp, informative essayson animation and on the technical innovations which have played such a part inthe growth of cinema.'The Economist
'Geoffrey Nowell-Smith's encyclopedic book is a model of clear editorial organisation in which the essays of more than 80 contributors are marshalled into an illuminating mosaic. Sharp economic analysis and informed political discussion are interspersed with elegant scholarly commentary on,for instance, the rise of the cinematic avant-garde. There are also crisp, informative essays on animation and on the technical innovations which have played such a part in the growth of cinema.'The Economist
'Here for the first time is a genuine history of world cinema, with worldcinema underlined several times ... this is a magnificient book, anencyclopaedia unparalleled in its level of scholarship and erudition. Essayswritten by some 80-odd contributors have been organised and presented by editorNowell-Smith in such a way that they tell the fascinating story of the originand development of cinema in most parts of the world. Nowell-Smith offers amicrocosm of the world's greatest movie talent ... invaluable book.'India Mail
'Here for the first time is a genuine history of world cinema, with world cinema underlined several times ... this is a magnificient book, an encyclopaedia unparalleled in its level of scholarship and erudition. Essays written by some 80-odd contributors have been organised and presented byeditor Nowell-Smith in such a way that they tell the fascinating story of the origin and development of cinema in most parts of the world. Nowell-Smith offers a microcosm of the world's greatest movie talent ... invaluable book.'India Mail
'It takes expert account of social, political and economic forces andconstraints, technical developments, the pressures and internal logic of studiosystems and production units, conditions of distribution, exhibition andprojection while doing justice to the individual talents of studio moguls,directors, producers, set and costume designers, composers, cameramen and - ofcourse - performers before the cameras.'Siegbert Prawer, Oxford Magazine, Noughth Week, Trinity Term, 1997
'It takes expert account of social, political and economic forces and constraints, technical developments, the pressures and internal logic of studio systems and production units, conditions of distribution, exhibition and projection while doing justice to the individual talents of studiomoguls, directors, producers, set and costume designers, composers, cameramen and - of course - performers before the cameras.'Siegbert Prawer, Oxford Magazine, Noughth Week, Trinity Term, 1997
"{it} weighs in at what seems like a ton, but it does deliver on itspromise of being 'The definitive history of cinema worldwide'." Calgary'sFfwd
"{it} weighs in at what seems like a ton, but it does deliver on its promise of being 'The definitive history of cinema worldwide'." Calgary's Ffwd
'The 1996 book destined for the longest life on my shelf is GeoffreyNowell-Smith's Oxford History of World Cinema, which has been many years ingestation ... and turns out to have been worth the long wait. This finelyproduced doorstopper deals with stars, studios and the cultural and industrialdimensions of cinema over the last hundred years.'The Observer
'The 1996 book destined for the longest life on my shelf is Geoffrey Nowell-Smith's Oxford History of World Cinema, which has been many years in gestation ... and turns out to have been worth the long wait. This finely produced doorstopper deals with stars, studios and the cultural andindustrial dimensions of cinema over the last hundred years.'The Observer
"...the epitome of erudition." Canadian Jewish News
'the most concerted effort to date by cinematic academia to re-establishlinks with a larger public by dispensing with the usual rebarbative jargon ...The ground covered is immense.'Philip French, The Observer
'the most concerted effort to date by cinematic academia to re-establish links with a larger public by dispensing with the usual rebarbative jargon ... The ground covered is immense.'Philip French, The Observer
'The sight of a slab-like reference book, the title of which begins TheOxford ..., still inspires confidence. The Oxford History of World Cinema is aworthy addition to the stable.'Tom Aitken, The Tablet, 4/97
'The sight of a slab-like reference book, the title of which begins The Oxford ..., still inspires confidence. The Oxford History of World Cinema is a worthy addition to the stable.'Tom Aitken, The Tablet, 4/97
'this appears to be the most exciting book you are likely to find if youare looking for a comprehensive publication which spans the past 100 years ofcinema'Lella Richards, The Oxford Times
'this appears to be the most exciting book you are likely to find if you are looking for a comprehensive publication which spans the past 100 years of cinema'Lella Richards, The Oxford Times
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Summaries
Authored Title
This is a fine resource on world cinema that highlights major figures & their contributions.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Written by a team of top class international film writers and edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith this book is set to become the definitive history of the cinema. It is truly global in its remit and includes all periods from the silent to the present.
Long Description
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. Though we often consider cinema to be synonymous with "Hollywood," in truth, it has spread to all parts of the globe, and is enjoyed by audiences that cut across all sections of society. In The Oxford History of World Cinema, a worldwide team of experts traces the history of this enduringly popular entertainment medium. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, from animation to the Avant-Garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong. An international team of distinguished film historians tells the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel, and they outline the evolution of national cinemas round the world--the varied and distinctive filmic traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood. A unique aspect of the book are the special inset features on the film-makers and personalities-- Garbo and Godard, Keaton and Kurosawa, Bugs Bunny and Bergman--who have had an enduring impact in popular memory and cinematic lore. With over 280 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an extensive index, this is the buff's ultimate guide to cinema worldwide. From the silent film era to the first "talkies," from martial-arts thrillers to reflective costume dramas, from the talents of actors to the talents of special-effects wizards, cinema has enjoyed a unique and highly visible history. The Oxford History of World Cinema charts this history with all of the impact of the artform itself, and will delight anyone who has ever spent an evening at the movies.
Main Description
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. It has spread to all parts of the globe, and is enjoyed by audiences that cut across all sections of society. The Oxford History of World Cinema traces the history of this enduringly popular entertainment medium. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, fromanimation to the Avant-Garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong. An international team of distinguished film historians tells the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel; other chapters outline the evolution of national cinemasround the world - the varied and distinctive filmic traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood. A unique aspect of the book are the special inset features on the film-makers and personalities - Garbo and Godard, Keaton and Kurosawa, Bugs Bunny and Bergman - who have had an enduring impact inpopular memory and cinematic lore. With over 300 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an extensive index, this is the buff's ultimate guide to cinema worldwide.
Main Description
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. Though we often consider cinema to be synonymous with "Hollywood," in truth, it has spread to all parts of the globe, and is enjoyed by audiences that cut across all sections of society. InThe Oxford History of World Cinema, a worldwide team of experts traces the history of this enduringly popular entertainment medium. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, from animation to the Avant-Garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong. An international team of distinguished film historians tells the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel, and they outline the evolution of national cinemas round the world--the varied and distinctive filmic traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood. A unique aspect of the book are the special inset features on the film-makers and personalities-- Garbo and Godard, Keaton and Kurosawa, Bugs Bunny and Bergman--who have had an enduring impact in popular memory and cinematic lore. With over 280 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an extensive index, this is the buff's ultimate guide to cinema worldwide. From the silent film era to the first "talkies," from martial-arts thrillers to reflective costume dramas, from the talents of actors to the talents of special-effects wizards, cinema has enjoyed a unique and highly visible history.The Oxford History of World Cinemacharts this history with all of the impact of the artform itself, and will delight anyone who has ever spent an evening at the movies.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Special Featuresp. xv
List of Colour Illustrationsp. xvii
General Introductionp. xix
Silent Cinema 1895-1930p. 1
Introductionp. 3
Origins and Survivalp. 6
Bibliographyp. 13
Early Cinemap. 13
Bibliographyp. 23
Transitional Cinemap. 23
Bibliographyp. 42
The Hollywood Studio Systemp. 43
Bibliographyp. 53
The World-Wide Spread of Cinemap. 53
The First World War and the Crisis in Europep. 62
Bibliographyp. 62
Bibliographyp. 70
Tricks and Animationp. 71
Bibliographyp. 77
Comedyp. 78
Bibliographyp. 86
Documentaryp. 86
Bibliographyp. 95
Cinema and the Avant-Gardep. 95
Serialsp. 105
Bibliographyp. 105
Bibliographyp. 111
French Silent Cinemap. 112
Bibliographyp. 123
Italy: Spectacle and Melodramap. 123
Bibliographyp. 130
British Cinema from Hepworth to Hitchcockp. 130
Germany: the Weimar Yearsp. 136
Bibliographyp. 136
The Scandinavian Stylep. 151
Bibliographyp. 151
Bibliographyp. 159
Pre-Revolutionary Russiap. 159
Bibliographyp. 162
The Soviet Union and the Russian émigrésp. 162
Yiddish Cinema in Europep. 174
Bibliographyp. 174
Bibliographyp. 176
Japan: Before the Great Kanto Earthquakep. 177
Bibliographyp. 182
Music and the Silent Filmp. 183
Bibliographyp. 192
The Heyday of the Silentsp. 192
Bibliographyp. 204
Sound Cinema 1930-1960p. 205
Introductionp. 207
The Introduction of Soundp. 211
Bibliographyp. 219
the Triumph of the Studio Systemp. 220
Bibliographyp. 234
Censorship and Self-Regulationp. 235
Bibliographyp. 248
The Sound of Musicp. 248
Bibliographyp. 259
Technology and Innovationp. 259
Bibliographyp. 267
Animationp. 267
Bibliographyp. 275
Cinema and Genrep. 276
Bibliographyp. 285
The Westernp. 286
Bibliographyp. 294
The Musicalp. 294
Bibliographyp. 303
Crime Moviesp. 304
The Fantasticp. 312
Bibliographyp. 312
Bibliographyp. 321
Documentaryp. 322
Socialism, Fascism, and Democracyp. 333
Bibliographyp. 333
Bibliographyp. 343
The Popular Art of French Cinemap. 344
Italy from Fascism to Neo-Realismp. 353
Bibliographyp. 353
Bibliographyp. 361
Britain at the End of Empirep. 361
Germany: Nazism and Afterp. 374
Bibliographyp. 374
Bibliographyp. 382
East Central Europe Before the Second World Warp. 383
Bibliographyp. 389
Soviet Film Under Stalinp. 389
Bibliographyp. 398
Indian Cinema: Origins to Independencep. 398
China Before 1949p. 409
Bibliographyp. 409
Bibliographyp. 413
The Classical Cinema in Japanp. 413
Bibliographyp. 422
The Emergence of Australian Filmp. 422
Cinema in Latin Americap. 427
Bibliographyp. 427
Bibliographyp. 435
After the Warp. 436
Bibliographyp. 443
Transformation of the Hollywood Systemp. 443
Independents and Mavericksp. 451
Bibliographyp. 451
Bibliographyp. 460
The Modern Cinema 1960-1995p. 461
Introductionp. 463
Television and the Film Industryp. 466
The New Hollywoodp. 475
Bibliographyp. 475
Bibliographyp. 482
New Technologiesp. 483
Bibliographyp. 490
Sex and Sensationp. 490
Bibliographyp. 496
The Black Presence in American Cinemap. 497
Bibliographyp. 509
Exploitation and the Mainstreamp. 509
Bibliographyp. 515
Dreams and Nightmares in the Hollywood Blockbusterp. 516
Bibliographyp. 526
CinÉma-VÉritÉ and the New Documentaryp. 527
Avant-Garde Film: the Second Wavep. 537
Bibliographyp. 537
Bibliographyp. 550
Animation in the Post-Industrial Erap. 551
Bibliographyp. 558
Modern Film Musicp. 558
Bibliographyp. 566
Art Cinemap. 567
Bibliographyp. 575
New Directions in French Cinemap. 576
Italy: Auteurs and Afterp. 586
Bibliographyp. 586
Bibliographyp. 596
Spain After Francop. 596
Bibliographyp. 603
British Cinema: the Search for Identityp. 604
Bibliographyp. 613
The New German Cinemap. 614
Bibliographyp. 627
East Germany: the Defa Storyp. 627
Changing States in East Central Europep. 632
Bibliographyp. 632
Bibliographyp. 640
Russia After the Thawp. 640
Bibliographyp. 651
Cinema in the Soviet Republicsp. 651
Bibliographyp. 656
Turkish Cinemap. 656
Bibliographyp. 661
The Arab Worldp. 661
The Cinemas of Sub-Saharan Africap. 667
Bibliographyp. 667
Bibliographyp. 672
Iranian Cinemap. 672
Bibliographyp. 678
Filming the Nationp. 678
Bibliographyp. 689
Indonesian Cinemap. 690
China After the Revolutionp. 693
Bibliographyp. 693
Bibliographyp. 704
Popular Cinema in Hong Kongp. 704
Taiwanese New Cinemap. 711
Bibliographyp. 711
Bibliographyp. 713
The Modernization of Japanese Filmp. 714
Bibliographyp. 721
New Australian Cinemap. 722
Bibliographyp. 730
Bibliographyp. 731
New Zealand Cinemap. 731
Canadian Cinema/Cinéma Canadienp. 731
Bibliographyp. 740
New Cinemas in Latin Americap. 740
Bibliographyp. 749
New Concepts of Cinemap. 750
Bibliographyp. 759
The Resurgence of Cinemap. 759
Bibliographyp. 767
Indexp. 785
List of Picture Sourcesp. 823
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