- Paperback: 1120 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 4th edition (December 5, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393978680
- ISBN-13: 978-0393978681
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
David A. Cook is a Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is the author of Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979 (University of California Press, 2002).
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Note the publishing year though, not only can you not tell the scholarly history of something that hasn't happened yet, but there is also the dual problem of even recent events being too soon to put into a solid historical context, but also the problem of having so much more material to even attempt doing so. The book does a good job telling what it doesn't know, however (and it's a kind of fun to read about DVD as a last medium before the rise of internet distribution, or filmmakers still pretty much being the first generation/class to think of CGI as and integral tool as a physical camera (as opposed to seeing CGI as an add-on effect)).
It wouldn't make sense to say there can every be one definitive history of something as broad as narrative film, but if you could only have one book, this would be a great choice. If you can have more than one book, well, this is one you'd want included. If you're just doing casual research, add imdb and a few good books on whatever particular aspect of the field you're looking into--and don't forget access to a film library to see works firsthand!