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Flashback: A Brief History of Film Paperback – July 14, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0120790272 ISBN-10: 0133032647 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div; 3 edition (July 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0133032647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0120790272
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,979,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Consolidating major figures and film movements into their decade of greatest influence or prestige, this "no-nonsense" book offers a generously illustrated, concise, and very readable history of fiction movies with an emphasis on American cinema. Eclectic in methodology and written in a plain English style that students can relate to, it examines the full scope of traditional film history and criticism, viewing film as both an art and an industry as it mirrors popular audience values, social ideologies, and historical epochs.

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Preface

WE SET OUT TO WRITE A REALLY BRIEF BOOK. Just the basics, no frills. After considerable deliberation, we finally decided on a mechanical form of organization by decade. We then proceeded to cheat left and right, cramming major figures and film movements into their decade of greatest influence or prestige. Here, then, is a bare-bones history of fiction movies, copiously illustrated with photos, many of them rarely reprinted. Since this book was written primarily with an American audience in mind, we have emphasized the American cinema. Eclectic in our methodology, we have adhered to a broad consensus tradition of film history and criticism; except for a humanist bias, we have had no theoretical axes to grind. Nor have we attempted to dazzle the reader with a fresh array of jargon; the text is in plain English, with essential terms in boldface to indicate that they are defined in the glossary. Our main concern has been with film as art, but when appropriate we also discuss film as industry and as a reflection of popular audience values, social ideologies, and historical epochs. History books are filled with value judgments, and this one is no exception. We have not hesitated to call a bomb a bomb. On the whole, however, our attitude has been similar to that of Andre Breton, the founder of the surrealist movement, who said, "The cinema? Three cheers for darkened rooms." Acknowledgments

We gratefully acknowledge the input received from the following reviewers of the manuscript: Marilyn K. Ackerman, Foot Hill College; Susan Scrivner, Bemidji State University; Jack Riggs, Dekalb College-Gwinnett Campus; and Davis A. March, Rowan Cabarrus Community College.

Others who have helped us include Jonathan Forman of Cleveland Cinemas; Dave Wittkowsky of the Cleveland Film Society and International Film Festival; and the CWRU Observer. Mary Araneo performed her customary miracles in her layout design, Lisa Sloane went beyond the call of duty in designing the cover, and Phil Miller of Prentice Hall expedited matters by being sane and rational. We thank them all.

LOUIS GIANNETTI
SCOTT EYMAN --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book was assigned for my college film class.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Vega on December 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
A survey of both American and International cinema, the text provides a thoroughly illustrated history of film ranging from the early works of the Lumiere brothers to the recent Magnolia. Authored by an English professor, the writing is organized, concise, and most importantly, interesting.
Upon finishing the book, I garnered a certain respect and appreciation for film and filmmakers, something that had not occurred to me with others texts. For example, it details the struggle of the German cinema during the time of the Third Reich. The reasons such acclaimed artists such as Fritz Lang and Leni Riefenstahl were being exploited for their abilities, and conversely how other talents were being suppressed for their rebellion. As I read more, I learned how political figures and movements often parallel cinematic output, and the awesome power that the silver screen can have on influencing the masses.
I highly recommend Flashback to anyone who has even the slightest interest in film. The copious amounts of photographs breaks up the text nicely, and there is certainly something for everyone.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on August 22, 2002
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I just finished checking out this book. Very well layed out: breaks down the history of film in a decade-by-decade fashion, further distinguishing american films from international cinema (which I particularly found a little pointless, but...) In general, I found the author's criteria to be well in line with those of a "smart" (or critical, if you may) moviegoer. Not a table book or a bed-side book, however: it is a textbook for a college-level film class.
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I was required to purchase the 6th edition of this book for a History of Film Post 1940 college course but the price difference at the time was almost $70! I went ahead and bought this one instead at a discount and it ended up being virtually the same book except for a few paragraphs in regards to the most recent developments of film history which never even became an issue.

This book was great - well written and very informative. I've learned more about the different cinematic art styles and the history of the film industry with the use of this book and my college course than from anywhere else. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the history of cinema and the industry that started it all.
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By Adam on January 15, 2014
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I waited the item for about 2 weeks but still didn't receive the item, and it missed the estimated delivery date. (i even chose a expedited delivery) You know what, i needed and need this book super eagerly 'cause i was ready to take a college class that required this book, but now the class has past a half and i still didn't receive the book, i am so upset and annoyed. Sorry about the low rate, man.
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I got this book as a required textbook for one of my class. overall its easy and good read, not boring. pretty informative too.
and it is useful for new film students from foreign/asian countries.
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By Laura J. Broecker on May 12, 2007
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Well I got this book for a class. It turned out to be an interesting book though. It had alot of interesting facts and for being a testbook it was not soooo dry to read.
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By Andrew on March 23, 2013
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This book was assigned for my college film class. So far, I think the book is great. It's easy to read, and very informative.
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