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The Story of Film Anew edition of the most accessible and compelling history of the medium published,with an updated foreword by the author to accompany hishour feature documentaryFilm critic, producer, and presenter Mark Cousins historyshows how filmmakers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other He demonstrates, for example, how Douglas Sirk s s Hollywood melodramas influenced Rainer Werner Fassbinder s despairing visions of s Germany and how George Lucas Star Wars epics grew out of Akira Kurosawa s The Hidden FortressThe Story of Film is divided into three main epochs silent, sound, and digitalpresent , and within this structure films are discussed in chapters reflecting both the stylistic concerns of the filmmakers and the political and social themes of the time As well ascovering the great American films and filmmakers, the book explores cinema in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, and South America, and shows how cinematic ideas and techniques cross national boundaries Avoiding jargon and obscure critical theory, the author constantly places himself in the role of the moviegoer watching a film, asking How does a scene or a story affect us, and why Indoing so,he gets to the heart of cinematic technique, explaining how filmmakers use lighting, framing, focal length, and editing to create their effects Clearly written, and illustrated with than stills, this bookis essential reading for both film students and the general moviegoer

  • Kindle
  • The Story of Film
  • Mark Cousins
  • English
  • 07 May 2018
  • 186205942X

About the Author: Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins is an author, film critic, producer, and documentary filmmaker He is the former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and a regular contributor to Prospect, Sight and Sound, and the Times

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