A Chronology of Film

A Cultural Timeline from the Magic Lantern to the Digital Screen


The story of film, told as never before


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.

With over 300 illustrations

Additional information

Weight 1363 g
Dimensions 22.4 x 26.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 10 February 2021
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.4 x 26.2 cm
Weight 1363 g


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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.