Consolidating major figures and film movements into their decade of greatest influence or prestige, this “no-nonsense” book offers a generously illustrated, concise, and very readable history of fiction movies with an emphasis on American cinema. Eclectic in methodology and written in a plain English style that audiences can relate to, it examines the full scope of traditional film history and criticism, viewing film as both an art and an industry— as it mirrors popular audience values, social ideologies, and historical epochs.
A history of cinema, emphasizing American cinema, chock-full of b&w photos from films. Chapters explore American, European and international cinema by decades, the Hollywood studio system, new genres and technological advances, societal influences, and major filmmakers. Includes chapter timelines, descriptions of representative films, and a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)