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Short History of the Movies, A , Abridged Edition (11th Edition) 11th Edition

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The eleventh edition ofA Short History of the Moviescontinues its long-standing tradition of scrupulously accurate details, up-to-date information, and jargon-free writing style that has made it the most widely adopted film history textbook.

 

This edition offers students a panoramic overview of the worldwide development of film. From the early experiments with motion photography, through the American studio years of the 1930's and 1940's, from Neorealism and the New Wave, up to the present age of digital cinema,A Short History of Filmprovides a comprehensive presentation of the history of cinema. This eleventh edition has been revised and updated to include current scholarship, recent industry developments, and new films and filmmakers.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bruce F. Kawin is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Tino Balio, Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of "United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars," "United Artists: The Company That Changed the Film Industry," and the editor of "The American Film Industry" as well as the 22 volume Wisconsin/Warner Bros. Screenplay series, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He directed the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research from 1966 to 1882.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 11 edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205210627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205210626
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alison on January 13, 2013
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This book was required for my History of Film class but I think I'll be keeping it for myself instead of returning it. It's full of short, concise descriptions of some of the important points in film starting at the beginning. I've referenced it in every paper I've written for the class, must buy.
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By A Customer on July 21, 2002
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My accidental encounter with an earlier edition of this book was the catalyst for my taking up film studies. The book is a clear, well written and systematically organized history of movies. It has a comprehensive and up to date bibliography and filmography. Chapters are chronological in sequence, but are organized around a particular theme. The authors introduce major influences in the cinema (whether directors, 'schools', actors or events), identify principal directors and films, and analyse major issues and advances. It is an excellent introduction to the history of movies and great jumping off point for further, more specialised study. It is refreshingly free from post-modernist jargon and abstractions. If you want a comprehensive introduction which is also a good read, I recommend this book most highly.
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Though old, (now in it's 11th edition) Mast and Kawin's text remains an excellent introduction to the study of film history. Gerald Mast began the text in the seventies when the academic study of film history and style was in its infancy. The text was taken over by Mast's student Bruce Kawin when the older professor passed on. The text has lost none of its authority and clarity over time. The authors carefully staked out that their work would cover American, notable, ideologically important, technologically notable, business-manifested works of principally the Hollywood Studio system with a nod towards the influence of auteur theory (or author or master creator theory, made popular by notable American critic Andrew Sarris in the the seventies, the time of this text's genesis). Admittedly there are newer approaches than historicism, but Mast and Kawin have done such a thorough comprehensive and even-handed job of explaining the creation, evolution, development and expansion of the American film aesthetic, market, business, and technological innovation, that there is little that anyone could add to their clear and multi-faceted perspective. Again, the the film has had to go back in time and reinsert notable marginalized figures (Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, Oscar Micheaux, Watson and Weber) but it is remarkable how comprehensive, strong, and varied the authors coverage remains. The book does not scrimp on citing influences and French, German, Russian, and Asian films receive significant chapters and mention for their influence on the creation and reshaping of American forms (notably the contribution of German ex-patriots working in Hollywood after the rise of Hitler to create the American horror film industry).Read more ›
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My accidental encounter with an earlier edition of this book was the catalyst for my taking up film studies. The book is a clear, well written and systematically organized history of movies. It has a comprehensive and up to date bibliography and filmography. Chapters are chronological in sequence, but are organized around a particular theme. The authors introduce major influences in the cinema (whether directors, 'schools', actors or events), identify principal directors and films, and analyse major issues and advances. It is an excellent introduction to the history of movies and great jumping off point for further, more specialised study. It is refreshingly free from post-modernist jargon and abstractions. If you want a comprehensive introduction which is also a good read, I recommend this book most highly.
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Mast describes both the panorama of cinema history as well as brilliant analyses of individual films and directors. He presents both breadth and depth, analyzing American, European and non-Western cinema. He also relates film to the social and political history of the countries. Students can use this book for a survey and for in-depth analysis.
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I really like this book. It's a lot of text but it's not dense like your typical textbook. For the price I purchased, real great. From what I hear the 9-11th edition are all very similar and this one was the cheapest for me. This is definitely something I will skim through even when I am not taking the class I bought it for.
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As a writer, Mast is without equal as a teacher, historian, and critic. The most readable, valuable film history text, in my opinion. Thank goodness it's still in print.
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Book shipped in good condition. No folds, bends, tears. Great for brief summary of film history, and I actually prefer this abridged over the full edition. No summary is longer than a page to read and you will learn a lot about directors and revolutionary films throughout history.
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