“Lively and readable, World on Film
provides provocative questions, helpful background, and interesting discussion topics for any world cinema class or for anyone interested in learning about the international film scene.” Linda Mizejewski, Ohio State University.
"Students whose knowledge of movies is limited to the latest releases at the local multiplex couldn’t ask for a better guide to the foreignness of international cinema than World on Film. Starting with due consideration and respect for her readers’ understanding of Hollywood movies, Martha Nochimson leads them on an expertly guided tour through both the leading movements in international cinema and the new movie-watching habits they need to appreciate Luis Buñuel and Wong Kar-wai—and to take a fresh look at Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino." Thomas Leitch, University of Delaware
"Nochimson leads students through close readings of key films and the works of central directors, while never losing sight of the how these films and filmmakers have been influenced and how their influence extends through time and beyond geographical boundaries. World on Film provides a logical and engaging framework for student learning, with substantive, imaginative questions and project ideas that encourage further research and continued close analysis of films in the context of nation, history, theory, and aesthetics." Cynthia Lucia, Associate Professor and Director of Film and Media Studies, Rider University
From the Back Cover
This uniquely engaging and lively textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to international film, from the golden age of European cinema to the contemporary blockbusters of India
, and the post-World War II emergence of global film culture. Providing students with basic background information on the home cultures and auteurs
of world cinema, this engrossing text allows them to appreciate the significance of each film on its own terms.
In each chapter, World on Film
highlights the intersections between students' previous experiences with Hollywood
and other mainstream film, and their new encounters with films from other cultures. Through in-depth discussions of individual films, and explanations of how these fit within the specific filmic and cultural history, Nochimson introduces sophisticated theories and concepts in clear and straightforward language. Including chapter summaries, key terms, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and illustrated with provocative film stills throughout, this comprehensive introduction demonstrates that cinema from other cultures and in other languages isn’t so foreign after all.