This reference provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history. Approximately 200 entries cover specific topics, including acting, censorship, editing, lighting and others. Also included are more than 230 career profiles, placing individual achievements in the context of specific topics (for example, Robert Altman is featured in the article on "Sound"). Additional features include a comprehensive index; a list of further reading sources; 350 black-and-white and 150 full color photographs; and more.
"This historical survey explores the spectrum of world cinema, from casting, financing, and filming and to audiences, theaters and publicity. With more than 500 illustrations, this excellent guide is highly recommended for both academic and public libraries."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, February 2007
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