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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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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.

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.

Moments that Made the Movies

In Moments that Made the Movies, David Thomson takes readers on an unprecedented visual journey re-examining a series of moments from 72 films across 100 years. Thomson’s moments range from a set of Eadward Muybridge’s pioneering photographs to sequences in films from the classic – Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard and The Red Shoes – to the unexpected – The Piano Teacher, Burn After Reading – immersing the reader via images and the author’s narrative.

Scorsese: A Retrospective

Impeccably designed, and copiously illustrated with more than two hundred stills and behind-the-scenes images, Scorsese: A Retrospective is the definitive celebration of Martin Scorsese, one of cinema’s most enduring talents.

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Eisenstein on Paper presents, for the first time ever, 500 of the very best and previously unpublished graphic works by cinema’s greatest pioneer, Sergei Eisenstein.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


Tarkovsky is a monograph on Andrey Tarkovsky, Russian filmmaker, writer, film editor and film theorist of extraordinary influence and cinematic vision. The book includes reflections on Tarkovsky’s work from fellow artists and writers including Jean-Paul Sartre and Ingmar Bergman, extracts from Tarkovsky’s own writings and diaries, and many personal photographs.


Cinema: The Whole Story

Philip Kemp, Christopher Frayling


A Retrospective Tom Shone


A Retrospective Tom Shone

Eisenstein on Paper

Graphic Works by the Master of Film Naum Kleiman


Films, Stills, Polaroids & Writings Andrey A. Tarkovsky, Hans-Joachim Schlegel, Lothar Schirmer