The History of Film (World of Art)

The History of Film (World of Art) In This Lively, Informative And Up To Date New Analysis Of What Has Been Called The Seventh Art, David Parkinson Traces The Evolution Of The Moving Image From The Earliest Shadow Shows To The Contemporary Cinema Covering The Key Elements And Players That Have Contributed To Its Artistic And Technical Development, It Offers A Remarkably Concise Overview Of Film Throughout The World Beginning With Cinema S Scientific Origins, The Book Assesses The Achievements Of An International Body Of Film Makers DW Griffith And The Pioneers Of The Classical Narrative Silent Artists The Directors Of Golden Age Hollywood The Italian Neo Realists The Auteurs Of The French New Wave And Those Responsible For The Directions That Cinema Has Recently Taken Internationally Concluding With A Preview Of Film In The Future, This Is A Uniquely Comprehensive Account Of The Most Modern Of Art Forms

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  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • The History of Film (World of Art)
  • David Parkinson
  • English
  • 09 August 2018
  • 9780500202777

10 thoughts on “The History of Film (World of Art)

  1. says:

    I believe I ve managed to strip myself bare, to liberate myself from the many unnecessary formal techniques that are so commonI ve rid myself of so much useless technical baggage, eliminating all the logical transitions, all those connective links between sequences where one sequence served as a springboard for the one that followed Michaelangelo AntonioniSuperbly comprehensive but compact Cinema History book, and one that would be perfect for survey courses or the refresher course many of us might wish to undertake, in class or not This gets five stars for a couple of reasons, first of which is that it is so ridiculously confusing to try and categorize world cinema into any useful shape or size to explain different movements and offshoots, without resorting to endlessly resummarizing films on paper, which generally doesn t work very well Next is that there is a line between rendering a compact timeline, versus a bloodless one, wherein condensing films and their contexts takes the life out of them So as much for what it doesn t get wrong as what it gets right, and for sensible concision, a strikingly useful guide Two interesting points for this reader, randomly encountered Very intriguing to note that Georges Franju, journeyman documentarist, surrealist and troublemaker director, is given substantial credit in Parkinson s discussion of the French Nouvelle Vague Franju is called a vital link between traditional French Cinema and the New Wave Bold assertion there, adding Franju to the traditional list that generally includes Godard, Truffaut, Resnais but not Franju But a welcome, if micro, reset of the books.The fascinating fact that the film that is credited as the fundamental starting gun of the Italian Neo Realist movement , Luchino Visconti s Ossessione, is based on the American noir classic, The Postman Always Rings Twice , by James Cain Nothing groundbreaking about that, but kind of a Rosebud of film history, then, in that Noir emerged in several versions and locations in the postwar milieu, and its concerns were common to the Italian avant garde, the French in their homages, and the Americans in their indigenous pulp mystery genre Kind of a keystone in the edifice of postwar fiction, whether on the page or on film.Both of the above, I suppose, might be notable for what they foreshadow that what would be considered Cinema after 1960 or so would explode everyone s definition of the terms, and would crash all of the conventions So what came immediately before, in grim social documentary and surrealist irony, elaborate mise en scene on low budget terms, coldwar fascination with the edgy, lawless, failed side of war torn can do industrialism, the doubt nightmare of the noir world holds the keys to the sixties and beyond After the early practitioners, Murnau, Lang, Pabst, who showed that narrative connections might be made in many ways, or mid century masters, Renoir, Ophuls, Huston, Lean, teaching the camera to tell tall tales in convincing ways the grand intersection occurs, the century pivots on the waves that struck in the late fifties and early sixties, in Italy, France, Japan, Czechoslovakia, and even Hollywood, Germany, by the seventies David Parkinson s History Of Film goes a long way towards offering a pocket sized view of a big subject.It should be mentioned that somehow or other, the photographs in this volume, small, black and white but consistently excellent, are another reason that this is a better cine survey guide to own Not sure how or why, but contrary to the historically valuable but poor resolution variety that is the routine in most books, the selection here is worth complimenting International scope, crisp photos, concision brevity buy it although, ask any film major what the first Italian neo realist movie was and they will say Rome, Open City by Rossellini Which was made three years later Parkinson s right.

  2. says:

    I ve always enjoyed cinema the storytelling, the visual spectacle etc But, having just watched films and read a few Best Movies lists, I m no expert Sure, I can name actors and directors but that s about it Now, another thing I really enjoy are bargain deals And these two came together in the form of this book a chance to learn on a theme I like, for the price of 6,99 I didn t hesitate.Alas, it turns out this experience was a bit too much for me Between the art movements I don t even know the difference between Expressionism and Impressionism and technical film making terms mise en sc ne showed up at least 100 times I must admit I was a bit lost And the text isn t centered on the movies themselves Rather it highlights, through several time periods starting in the 1820 s, the developments that created and changed the seventh art up to the present In short, not what I m used to Despite having the feeling that I filtered only a fraction of what the author tried to convey, I did like the parts that got filtered in It was very interesting to understand how the Hollywood studio system came to be, what the Italian Neo Realists were all about and how they influenced the French New Wave, among others It s now a long term project to know about these facets of cinema that I was not aware of, so that I can eventually read this book again and feel that I ve understood most of it Note to self it s going to take time.

  3. says:

    Good overview description of what s come out of Hollywood over the years Also a few bits on how various non Hollywood sources in the U.S fit into the bigger picture Little International though, which probably won t matter to most readers.

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    its goog

  6. says:

    Comprehensive in its shallowness.

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