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History of Film (World of Art)

David Parkinson

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In this lively, informative and up-to-date analysis, David Parkinson traces the evolution of the moving image from the earliest shadow shows to the digital film-making of the 21st century


Covering the key elements and players that have contributed to cinema's artistic and technical development, David Parkinson's book offers a remarkably concise overview of film throughout the world.

Beginning with cinema’s scientific origins, it assesses the achievements of an international body of film-makers, among them D. W. Griffith and the pioneers of the classical narrative; silent artists; the directors of Golden Age Hollywood; the Italian Neo-Realists; and the auteurs of the French New Wave.

For this second edition, new chapter maps developments in form and technology from the mid-1990s to today, examining experiments in three-dimensionality, the revival of animation, and the democratisation of film-making following the digital revolution.

Parkinson also highlights the best work to have emerged globally, from Poland to China, Korea and Mexico. With a fully updated glossary and bibliography, History of Film remains the definitive survey of this dynamic and popular art form.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Second edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 176

Publication date: 10 September 2012

ISBN: 9780500204108

About the Author

David Parkinson is a freelance film critic and historian. He is a contributing editor at Empire magazine, and also writes for Radio Times, the Oxford Times, the Guardian and MovieMail. He runs a popular weekly film blog on the Guardian entitled ‘Ask Parky’, in which he uses his expertise to answer readers’ questions.

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