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A Chronology of Film

A Cultural Timeline from the Magic Lantern to the Digital Screen

Ian Haydn Smith

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The story of film, told as never before

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This visual timeline for film enthusiasts makes the history of cinema – from the earliest moving images to the latest blockbusters – newly accessible by organizing it chronologically.

• A large format makes it easy to trace the complex links between technological innovations, social changes and artistic interventions.

• An easy-to-read timeline identifies key films, together with commentaries and contextual information about the social, political and cultural events of the period in which they were produced.

• In-depth essays explore a variety of film genres and styles, break down the technical advancements of the last 150 years, and highlight pivotal figures who have shaped the development of filmmaking.

With A Chronology of Film, film is an open book…

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'Handsomely curated'
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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.4 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Publication date: 10 June 2021

ISBN: 9780500023693

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Genesis of Film, to 1900 • 2. 1900-1950 • 3. 1950-1975 • 4. 1975-2000 • 5. 2000 to present

About the Author

Ian Haydn Smith is the author of Selling the Movie and Cult Filmmakers, and is also the update editor on 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Haydn Smith is also the editor of BFI Filmmakers Magazine and Curzon Magazine.