History of Film


In this lively, informative and up-to-date analysis, David Parkinson traces the evolution of the moving image from the earliest shadow shows to the digital film-making of the 21st century

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David Parkinson


Covering the key elements and players that have contributed to cinema’s artistic and technical development, David Parkinson’s book offers a remarkably concise overview of film throughout the world.

Beginning with cinema’s scientific origins, it assesses the achievements of an international body of film-makers, among them D. W. Griffith and the pioneers of the classical narrative; silent artists; the directors of Golden Age Hollywood; the Italian Neo-Realists; and the auteurs of the French New Wave.

For this second edition, new chapter maps developments in form and technology from the mid-1990s to today, examining experiments in three-dimensionality, the revival of animation, and the democratisation of film-making following the digital revolution.

Parkinson also highlights the best work to have emerged globally, from Poland to China, Korea and Mexico. With a fully updated glossary and bibliography, History of Film remains the definitive survey of this dynamic and popular art form.

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Weight 634 g
Dimensions 15.1 x 21 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2012
Number of pages 304
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15.1 x 21 cm
Weight 634 g


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David Parkinson is a freelance film critic and historian. He is a contributing editor at Empire magazine, and also writes for Radio Times, the Oxford Times, the Guardian and MovieMail. He runs a popular weekly film blog on the Guardian entitled 'Ask Parky', in which he uses his expertise to answer readers' questions.