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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

Provides thorough coverage of films and filmmakers, including legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists. Includes filmographies, major awards, and photographs.

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film

Provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history.

History of the American Cinema series

Emergence of the Cinema: The American Screen to 1907

This book, the first in a multivolume history of American film, looks at the initial twelve years of projected motion pictures and their aural accompaniment - from 1895 to the fall of 1907.

The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915

Chronicles the history of the American film business from the days of the little store-show nickelodeon to the premiere of D. W. Griffith's The Birth of A Nation, looking at the imbalance of the "Griffith did it all" cliche by discussing the efforts of countless lesser-known figures who also helped to create Hollywood and shape the growing American film industry.

An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928

Chronicles how theatrical feature films dominated newly developed movie palaces, how expressive film faces became household names, and how Hollywood became the center of film as a major growth industry.

The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931

Chronicles the film industry's transition from silent films to sound cinema as it takes a critical step on its way to becoming the modern business enterprise of the 1930s.

Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930-1939

Studies the advent of color, big musicals, the studio system and the beginning of institutionalized censorship which made the thirties the defining decade for Hollywood, the decade that ended with "The Greatest Year in Motion Pictures" - the year of "Gone With the Wind", "The Wizard of Oz", "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" and other classics.

Boom and Bust : American Cinema in the 1940s

Covers the period of 1939-1949, when the film industry came to grips with the development of the documentary, a shift to independent production, renewed government antitrust activity, and the emergence of television as a competitor.

The Fifties: Transforming the Screen, 1950–1959

Explores the challenges American cinema faced in the 1950's from the divorce of production companies from theater chains forced by an anti- trust decision, to the growth of television.

The Sixties, 1960-1969

Examines the issues of this period, including competition with other leisure activities, transformation of the theater, changes in production, and the arrival of conglomerates.

Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979

Looks at how the emergence of new technology, such as steadicam and Dolby sound, and a new generation of talent challenged the old ways, with films like "Nashville" and "Five Easy Pieces".

A New Pot of Gold : Hollywood Under the Electronic Rainbow, 1980-1989

Looks at the effects of video-cassettes and cable television on Hollywood, and the idiosyncratic visions of newcomers like Spike Lee and Tim Burton.

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