100 Ideas that Changed Film

By David Parkinson

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  • Paperback
  • 300 Colour illustrations
  • 216 pages
  • 270 x 210 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697934
  • Published April 2012

This inspiring book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped film since its inception. Entertaining and intelligent, it provides a concise history as well as being a fascinating resource to dip into.

Arranged in a broadly chronological order to show the development of film, the ideas include innovative concepts, technologies, techniques and movements. From the silent era’s masterpieces to today’s blockbusters and art house movies, these highly illustrated pages are a chance to discover or rediscover films from five continents. The milestones that have given Hollywood a hegemony over world cinema are discussed, but so too are subjects as diverse as German Expressionism, auteur theory and Third Cinema. Key ideas such as continuity editing, genre and sound are also fully explored.

The ideas include innovative concepts, technologies, techniques and movements, from the silent era's masterpieces to today's blockbusters and art house movies, these highly illustrated pages are a chance to rediscover films from five continents.

Also part of the series: 100 Ideas That Changed Architecture (Sep 2011), 100 Ideas That Changed Fashion (Sep 2011)

Upcoming titles: 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design (Spr 2012), 100 Ideas That Changed Art (Aut 2012), 100 Ideas That Changed Photography (Aut 2012)

About the Author

David Parkinson is a film reviewer for the Radio Times and the Oxford Times, a contributing editor on Empire and writes the Ask Parky column for the Guardian Film website. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC national and local radio, and has written and edited a number of books, including A History of Film, The Young Oxford Book of Cinema, and The Rough Guide to Film Musicals.

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'Bristling with quotable knowledge, it's a beautifully compiled essential purchase for any film fan.'
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'Entertaining and intelligent, it provides a concise history as well as being a fascinating resource to dip into.'
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