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