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Cinema: The Whole Story

Philip Kemp, Christopher Frayling


An updated edition of this accessible story of film from 1895 to now

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Cinema: The Whole Story takes a close look at the key time periods, genres and key works in world cinema. It places the burgeoning world of cinema in the context of social and cultural developments that have taken place since its beginnings. Organized chronologically, the book traces the evolution of cinematic development, from the earliest days of film projection to the multiscreen cinemas and super-technology of today. Illustrated, in-depth text charts every genre of cinema, from the first silent films to epic blockbusters, CGI graphics and groundbreaking effects of the 21st century. Cinema: The Whole Story is an indispensable book for all those who love watching and reading about films and who want to understand more about the world of cinema.


'As you’d expect from Thames & Hudson, Cinema: The Whole Story combines high production values and a generous selection of colour stills with a sensible price tag ... truly impressive, with much to offer for the novice and the jaded aficionado'
Sight & Sound

'A great introduction to cinema’s long and varied tale ... well-written, accessible and clearly laid-out throughout'

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Book Details

Format: Flexibound

Edition Type: Revised Edition

Size: 24.5 x 17.2 cm

Extent: 576 pp

Publication date: 10 October 2019

ISBN: 9780500295274

Contents List

1. 1900–29 • 2. 1930–39 • 3. 1940–59 • 4. The 1960s • 5. 1970–79 • 6. 1990–2018

About the Author

Philip Kemp is a film historian, a regular contributor to Sight & Sound and Total Film, and teaches Film Journalism at the University of Leicester.

Sir Christopher Frayling is perhaps the most wide-ranging cultural historian of our times: the author of numerous publications on subjects ranging from vampires to Westerns; the writer and presenter of successful television series, whether on advertising, the Middle Ages or Tutankhamun. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and was Rector of the Royal College of Art, London, from 1996 to 2009, where he remains Professor Emeritus of Cultural History. His many public appointments have included Chairman of Arts Council England; Chairman of the Design Council; and the longest-serving Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum.