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The Oxford History of World Cinema Hardcover – November 6, 1996

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Most histories of the international cinema focus on the careers of prominent directors. But the authors of The Oxford History of World Cinema set cinematic genres, trends, and national themes at the fore, composing a history of the cinema that is equally a history of our multifarious world culture. Still, in deference to the older historical style, the text of this hefty book is dotted with hundreds of minibiographies on individual filmmakers. The result of this hybrid approach is one of the most comprehensive film histories ever, allowing insight into its complex subject from a number of different perspectives.

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YA. This text is jam-packed with a comprehensive yet readable history of world cinema. Prominent contributions and contributors are highlighted unobtrusively. Unlike recently published chronicles and CDs that rely on glossy illustrations, this quiet resource requires little more than fundamental research skills, but it rewards readers with a bounty of easily accessible and highly valuable information.?Sue Callahan, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198112572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198112570
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
'The Oxford History of World Cinema' is an excellent reference text with contributions from well-respected academics and critics across the globe. It provides condensed versions of national cinemas, styles, and movements through different eras. What is more, a conscious effort has been made to cover well-known styles such as Italian neo-realism and the Hollywood studio system in addition to lesser known ones such as Scandanavian or Arabian cinema. Furthermore, it moves beyond national cinemas to include a diverse range of topis such as documentary, music, censorship, exploitation, animation and much more.
For those studying cinema, like myself, will find it useful as a condensed reference from which to depart into greater depths of research. Film buffs will find it useful to view films within cinematic contexts such as style, industry, and reception.
The book is divided into three main chapters: (1) Silent cinema (2) Sound cinema and (3) Modern cinema with the differnt topics aforementioned pervading throughout. In addition to this, a few hundred actors, directors, and cinematographers et al have been selected to feature in a special biography page of their own. These include notables such as Sternberg, Bunuel, DeMille, Dreyer, Ozu, Garbo, Warhol and so much more.
There are many illustrations - most of which are black and white but are stunning accompaniments nonetheless. Buy, read, enjoy and cherish it. I know I did!
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By A Customer on November 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book includes a large collection of writings on various film movements and styles throughout history. It touches on cinema from all continents and includes sidebars focusing on important filmmakers and their contributions to film. The book is illustrated with many black and white stills with several pages of full-color photographs in the middle.
I would recommend this book to film scholars who are interested in film theory rather than film history or casual discussion. The writings included in this book are not for light reading; they are very heady and in-depth analyses of the art of film.
I consider myself well-viewed and an intelligent film student and am always willing for good discussion about film, but I was a little disappointed with this volume. I was expecting something a little more accessible and approachable and I found this book to be a little dry. It is definitely not for the casual film buff, but for someone interested in the mechanics and the psychology of film, so be aware of this.
I have also been looking at Robert Sklar's "A World History of Film" and, judging from the less intimidating approach used by that book, think that is more of what I was looking for in this.
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This text offers a broad history of international cinema. However, I found its writing to be overly-wordy, populated with interminable lists of references to films that the intended readership, cinema novices, will not find useful, and which honestly don't enrich the work even if you do recognize them. I found that you learn the same info on periods of world cinema by reading a Wikipedia article as you will by reading chapters from this book, and in a fraction of the time. I would strongly recommend Routledge's Cinema Studies by Susan Hayward over this any day of the week. It's much more insightful and well-written, and contains a number of seminal pieces of modern theory.
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This title was one of three that I ordered for my in house film lover. He is gathering a collection of reference books, and is finding that there is a world of movie lovers out there, each with their own area of interest and expertise. Something new to learn , or to just browse for the enjoyment.
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This is an excellent reference source for the expert and lover of world cinema. It is complete and authoritative. All genres are well discussed, and the chronology is superb.
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By A Customer on February 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The great title is not fake. Huge coverage of different cinema eras and national cinemas. In depth explanations of film staff. I found everything what i needed to see about world cinema.
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I bought this book for class. The kindle version is slightly difficult to navigate considering how it like a pdf version of the book but works too because you can cite the text as if you have the actual physical copy.
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Regardless of the number of cinema books in your collection, without this one, it is not complete. Bought it as a gift for a filmmaker who does have a substantial cinema book collection and they loved it.
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