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Film Histories

An Introduction and Reader

Edited by Paul Grainge, Mark Jancovich, Sharon Monteith

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A wide-ranging introduction to film history, this anthology covers the history of film from 1895 to the present day. The book is arranged chronologically, and each chapter contains an introduction by the editors on the key developments within the period, followed by a classic piece of historical research about that period. Various types of film history are undertaken in the articles, so that students can become familiar with different types of film historical research. For example, topics include the history of audiences; exhibition; marketing; censorship; aesthetic history; political history; and historical reception studies. The book is therefore designed to provide students with a narrative history spine while simultaneously introducing them to different approaches to the study and research of film history. Concentrating on the plurality of the ‘historical turn’ in film studies, this book demonstrates that film history is, and should be, about more than simply key films, directors and movements. Key features *Contains a preface that explains the structure and organisation of the book *Chapter introductions provide a chronological sense of international developments

A wide-ranging introduction to film history, this anthology covers the history of film from 1895 to the present day. The book is arranged chronologically, and each chapter contains an introduction by the editors on the key developments within the period, followed by a classic piece of historical research about that period. Various types of film history are undertaken in the articles, so that students can become familiar with different types of film historical research. For example, topics include the history of audiences; exhibition; marketing; censorship; aesthetic history; political history; and historical reception studies. The book is therefore designed to provide students with a narrative history spine while simultaneously introducing them to different approaches to the study and researc

Contents

Preface
Part One: Film History from its origins to 1945
1. The Emergence of Cinema
2. Organising Early Film Audiences
3. Nationalism, Trade and Market Domination
4. Establishing Classical Norms
5. The Age of the Dream Palace and the Rise of the Star System
6. Competing with Hollywood: National Film Industries Outside Hollywood
7. The Rise of the Studios and the Coming of Sound
8. Realism, Nationalism and ‘Film Culture’
9. Adjustment, Depression and Regulation
10. Totalitarianism, Dictatorship and Propaganda
11. The Common People, Historical Drama and the Preparations for War
12. War-time Unity and Alienation
Part Two: Film History from 1946 to the present
13. Post-War Challenges: National Regeneration, HUAC Investigations, Divestiture, and Declining Audiences
14. The Politics of Polarisation: Affluence, Anxiety and the Cold War
15. Cinematic Spectacles and the Rise of the Independents
16. New Waves, Specialist Audiences and Adult Films
17. Radicalism, Revolution and Counter-Cinema
18. Modernism, Nostalgia and the Hollywood Renaissance
19. From Movie Brats to Movie Blockbusters
20. The Exhibitors Strike Back: Multiplexes, Video and the Rise of Home Cinema
21. Postmodernism, High Concept and Eighties Excess
22. Cults, Independents and "Guerrilla" Filmmaking
23. From Cinemas to Theme Parks: Conglomeration, Synergy and Multimedia
24. Globalisation and the New Millennium
Bibliography

About the Author

Paul Grainge is Associate Professor in Film Studies, University of Nottingham

Mark Jancovich is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Sharon Monteith is Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is author of Advancing Sisterhood? Interracial Friendships in Contemporary Southern Fiction (2000) and Pat Barker (2002) and co-author of Film Histories (2007). Among other volumes she is co-editor of Gender and the Civil Rights Movement (1999; 2004) and South to a New Place: Region, Literature, Culture (2002).

Reviews

The authors have managed successfully to combine two types of film text book: an all-embracing and succinct history book and an excellent collection of essays which provide a chronological analysis of the development of cinema … the book is an excellent general history for undergraduate film and media students.
This is a substantial book which provides a comprehensive and concise history of film from the late 19th century to the present day. The book has a very user-friendly structure [and] the authors have managed successfully to combine two types of film text book: an all-embracing and succinct history book and an excellent collection of essays which provide a chronological analysis of the development of cinema... the book is an excellent general history for undergraduate film and media students and would also be very useful for those studying popular culture and cultural history.
- Millard Parkinson, Art, Design, Media Subject Centre Newsletter
With essays by Tom Gunning, Richard Abel, Douglas Gomery, Tino Balio, Barbara Klinger, etc., this collection assembles some of the best historical writing on cinema, and links them together through a sequence of introductory essays providing an overview and a context for each piece. Together, Film Histories offers its reader a collection of the leading examples of the methodologies available for the construction of the social, economic and cultural history of cinema.
- Richard Maltby, Head of the School of Humanities and Professor of Screen Studies, Flinders University