A Chronology of Film

A Cultural Timeline from the Magic Lantern to the Digital Screen


An entirely fresh perspective on the history of cinema, using timelines to trace its development from the earliest moving images to now.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from February 2021.

ISBN: 9780500023693 Category:

Ian Haydn Smith


A Chronology of Film presents a fresh perspective on the medium by taking a purely chronological approach to its history, tracing the complex links between technical innovations, social changes and artistic interventions.

Organized around a central timeline that charts the development of film from the earliest moving images to the present-day blockbusters, it features key films, together with commentaries and contextual information about the social, political and cultural events of the period in which they were produced. Special feature spreads highlight important technical developments and key practitioners. Covering a wide selection of genres, styles, and directors, it is invaluable as a comprehensive guide to film in all its different forms.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 21.6 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 18 February 2021
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.6 x 25.4 cm
Weight 300 g
Ian Haydn Smith is the author of Selling the Movie and Cult Filmmakers, and is also the update editor on 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Haydn Smith is also the editor of BFI Filmmakers Magazine and Curzon Magazine.