Turning Points In Film History

Turning Points In Film History

Turning Points In Film History

Turning Points In Film History


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The history of filmmaking is the history of human invention and innovation. From the crankshaft cameras that captured the flickering slapstick and epic images of the silent era to modern Hollywood's digitally created blockbusters, the evolution of moviemaking is just as fascinating as the stories that capture generation after generation of audiences' imaginations.

Film expert and author Andrew J. Rausch presents the 30 most pivotal moments of the many historic turning points that changed the way movies were produced. Accompanied with photos and insights from noted film historians and filmmakers, Rausch's essays analyze the significance of each influential event, industry pioneer, and technological breakthrough-from Thomas Edison's Kinescopes to computer-generated imagery:

· George Melies's introduction of narrative story in A Trip to the Moon
· D.W. Giffith's first landmark motion picture, The Birth of a Nation
· French Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Sergei Eisenstein's montage techniques
· The establishment of the Academy Awards
· Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-the first animated feature film
· The innovative camerawork and nonlinear storyline of Orson Welles's
·   Citizen Kane
· The dark side of America-film noir
· The French New Wave
· The creation of the ratings system under MPAAA president Jack Valenti
· The Blaxploitation movement
· "Realist" filmmakers from Hollywood's New Wave
· Home Video
· Jaws, Star Wars, and the birth of the modern blockbuster
· Pixar's Toy Story-the first fully computer-animated film

A must have for any movie lover's library, Turning Points in Film History is a unique and authoritative exploration of the art form that has entertained the world for over a century-and changed it forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806525921
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 352,531
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Andrew J. Rausch is a freelance writer and film critic whose articles, essays, reviews, and celebrity interviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Film Threat, Ain't It Cool News, Bright Lights Film Journal, Shock Cinema, Micro-Film, The Joe Bob Briggs Report, Creative Screenwriting, and Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture. Rausch is also the author of The 100 Greatest American Films, Hollywood's All-Time Greatest Stars, and The Greatest War Films of All Time. In addition, Rausch has worked within the film industry on a number of films in various capacities, including executive producer, screenwriter, actor, and composer. He resides in Parsons, Kansas, with his three daughters, Jordan, Jaiden, and Jalyn, and a dog named Kesey (after novelist Ken Kesey). His ten favorite films (in no particular order) are: The Godfather Part II (1974), Goodfellas (1990), Sunset Blvd. (1950), Pulp Fiction (1994), Penny Serenade (1941), Solaris (2002), Casablanca (1942), The Thin Red Line (1998), All the President's Men (1976), and Yojimbo (1961).

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George Hickenlooper

An entertaining and necessary look at the history of cinema.
director of Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

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