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World on Film: An Introduction 1st Edition

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“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

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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 Asia, 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140513979X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405139793
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was assigned this book for an undergraduate Cinema Studies class. I haven't taken the class yet, so I don't know how much it will be used, but I have already read it to be prepared. I found it to be interesting, informative and easy to read. I think it was a great introduction to World Cinema. It never gave too much away about the films it discussed, so you can still watch them and not know every plot point, but still be aware of some aspects of the filmmaking that make studying the film easier. The book is divided by country (six I believe) with their history around the start of film and then sections on films and directors the writer feels are canons of film in that country. Then there is a section in the back with a closer look at five influential filmmakers. I think the history section of each country is the best part. It really helps you understand what was going on at the time and what influenced the filmmakers. I was already very interested in world cinema, so a lot of it was a review, but I still learned a lot too. It is easy to understand which is a plus. Many of the academic writings on cinema are very hard to understand; very cryptic. I would encourage anyone that is not already well versed in world cinema to start with this book; it maybe a little too simple for a graduate level class... but maybe not, I'm not there yet!
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The class that this book was for really opened my eyes to the cinematic techniques that are used by directors all around the world. I found the book informative. At least, enough to skim over it in the 10 minutes before class and form an idea worthy of rambling about for weekly timed writings. The class itself was enjoyable. If your are taking CMLT280 at UMD, I recommend buying this book if you want to do well.
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By Angie on March 10, 2012
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This is an amazing book, is so easy to read for those who are new to film. This book engages the reader thanks to its brief but important overlook of the history behind each style of cinema
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The book was in brand new condition. The book is great quality, sadly the class its for isn't as much. :)
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