History makers and Hollywood icons: The very best books on film

Posted on 01 Apr 2020

Discover the secrets behind iconic movie scenes and step inside the minds of some of history's greatest filmmakers. These extraordinary books on the history of cinema are must-haves for any lover of film.

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The Mysteries of Cinema

Ranging from the late 19th century to the present, The Mysteries of Cinema explores how the medium of cinema has forever changed the way we see the world.

Cinema: The Whole Story

Cinema: The Whole Story takes a close look at the key time periods, genres and key works in world cinema. 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.

Ridley Scott: A Retrospective

Illustrated with iconic images and including the author’s first-hand experiences on set and interviews with Scott himself, Ridley Scott: A Retrospective charts the extraordinary journey of Britain’s greatest living director.

Tarantino: A Retrospective

Tarantino: A Retrospective surveys each of the ten films Quentin Tarantino has directed, from Reservoir Dogs to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as well as looking at his early life, acting career, and his indisputable talent for scriptwriting. The book is packed full of hundreds of film stills and behind-the-scenes images.

Eisenstein on Paper: Graphic Works by the Master of Film

Eisenstein on Paper presents, for the first time ever, 500 of the very best and previously unpublished graphic works by cinema’s greatest pioneer, Sergei Eisenstein.

History of Film (World of Art)

Covering the key elements and players that have contributed to cinema’s artistic and technical development, David Parkinson’s book History of Film (World of Art) offers a concise overview of film throughout the world.