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Film: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Wood

January 2012

ISBN: 9780192803535

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Film is considered to be the dominant art form of the twentieth century. It can be considered many other things; a record of events, a modern mythology, a career, an industry, an art, a hobby, and much else. Michael Wood explores the history of film, its venture into the digital age, and its role and impact on modern society.

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Film is considered to be the dominant art form of the twentieth century. It can be considered many other things; a record of events, a modern mythology, a career, an industry, an art, a hobby, and much else. Michael Wood explores the history of film, its venture into the digital age, and its role and impact on modern society.

  • Considers the paradoxical nature of film, such as its representation as a mass medium and fine art; as technology and fantasy; as documentary and fiction; and as amateur photography and film industry
  • Explores the history of film from its beginnings to today's digital age
  • Draws on a wide range of examples from around the world to explore its role and impact internationally
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Michael Wood, Charles Barnwell Start Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Table of Contents

    1:Frame after Frame
    2:Life in the Dark
    3:Story Time
    4:Digital Dreams

Reviews

"This is an excellent short guide that manages to cram in a vast amount of information into a very small space. It never pretends to offer a history of film but is a superb resource for getting students to think about film as a medium, and to think about what makes film distinct as a means of conveying information, emotion, ideas at the same time as generating wonder, admiration, controversy, or ire. An unrivalled introduction to thinking about film as a medium. / Matthew Woodcock, University of East Anglia"