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European Cinema


Edited by Elizabeth Ezra

04 December 2003

ISBN: 9780199255719

368 pages

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Price: £37.99


European Cinema is the first book to provide overviews of key movements in European film history, from the inception the medium in 1895 to the present. The book includes accessible introductions to traditions as diverse as early Soviet cinema, German Expressionism, Surrealism, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, Ealing Comedy, East-Central European cinema, Contemporary Spanish cinema, and much more.

  • A broad historical scope: spans from beginnings of cinema in 1895 to the present, from the Lumière Brothers to Pedro Almodóvar.
  • Provides overviews of key movements and traditions in film history, combining artistic analysis with considerable attention to industrial (and more broadly historical) context
  • Includes Glossary of film terms that comprises foreign-language and historical entries as well as technical terminology
  • Authoritative information and analysis provided by an international team of experts who are at the top of their fields
  • Truly outstanding line-up of contributors from the US, UK and Europe including: Dudley Andrew (French Cinema of the 1930s); Anton Kaes (Weimar Cinema): Sarah Street (British Cinema); Peter Bondanella (Itlalian Neo-Realism); Thomas Elsaesser (New German Cinema)

New to this edition

  • (Itlalian Neo-Realism); Thomas Elsaesser (New German Cinema)

About the Author(s)

Edited by Elizabeth Ezra, Senior Lecturer in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Stirling

Table of Contents

    Introduction: A Brief History of Cinema in Europe, Elizabeth Ezra
    Part I: Early Cinema
    Early Cinema: Introduction
    1.:Beginnings, Alison McMahan
    2.:Soviet Cinema: The Old and the New, Denise Youngblood
    3.:Weimar Cinema, Anton Kaes
    4.:Dada and Surrealist Film, Rudolf Kuenzli
    5.:French Cinema of the 1930s, Dudley Andrew
    Part II: Postwar Cinema
    Postwar Cinema: Introduction
    6.:From Italian Neo-Realism to the Golden Age of Cinecittà, Peter Bondanella
    7.:Postwar Scandinavian Cinema, Peter Schepelern
    8.:The French New Wave, T. Jefferson Kline
    9.:From Ealing Comedy to the British New Wave, Sarah Street
    10.:New German Cinema, Thomas Elsaesser
    Part III: New Currents
    New Currents: Introduction
    11.:The Cinéma du Look, Sue Harris
    12.:New Italian Cinema, Gaetana Marrone
    13.:Contemporary Spanish Cinema, Peter William Evans
    14.:East-Central European Cinema, Paul Coates
    15.:French Cinema of the Margins, Martine Beugnet
    16.:New Directions in European Cinema, John Orr
    Glossary of Film Terms