The History of Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#543]
The History of Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#543]

映画は20世紀において最も商業化された芸術表現のひとつといっても過言ではないでしょう。今日、テクノロジーの発展とともに視聴できるプラットフォームも増え、世界中の人々の文化的な娯楽の一部となっています。映画はどの芸術表現よりもテクノロジーの発展の影響を顕著に受けています。本書では、無声映画からモノクロ、カラーの時代までを辿り映画好きには必読の一冊です。(cf. Hollywood, #461; Silent Film, #671.)

  • Provides an engaging overview of the defining moments in the history of cinema
  • Explores cultural, aesthetic, and technological changes in film, such as the rise of home viewing with videos and DVDs and even on mobile phones
  • Looks at the cinema industry, discussing the rise of Hollywood and its competitors and other national film industries

Cinema was the first, and is arguably still the greatest, of the industrialized art forms that came to dominate the cultural life of the twentieth century. Today, it continues to adapt and grow as new technologies and viewing platforms become available, and remains an integral cultural and aesthetic entertainment experience for people the world over.

Cinema developed against the backdrop of the two world wars, and over the years has seen smaller wars, revolutions, and profound social changes. Its history reflects this changing landscape, and, more than any other art form, developments in technology. In this Very Short Introduction, Nowell-Smith looks at the defining moments of the industry, from silent to sound, black and white to colour, and considers its genres from intellectual art house to mass market entertainment. 


1: Introduction: what is Cinema?
2: Technologies
3: Industry
4: Aesthetics
5: Cinema and the outer world
6: Shaping the imaginary
7: Seven epochs
8: Conclusion
Further reading


Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London
Professor Geoffrey Nowell-Smith is one of the leading scholars in film studies. During his long academic career he taught film studies in various universities in Britain and the US, and from 1978-1989 he was Head of Education and then Head of Publishing at the British Film Institute. He has authored and edited a number of books, including The Oxford History of World Cinema (OUP, 1996) and Making Waves: New Wave, Neorealism, and the New Cinemas of the 1960s (Bloomsbury, 2007).

"Nowell-Smith's packed an astounding amount into 120-page, pocket-sized book. Not just a capsule history of movies, but also summaries of technological, cultural and ideological developments, plus reflections on the current multimedia revolution. There's even room for notes on further reading. Ideal for first-year students; but even well versed will find useful insights." - Philip Kemp, Total Film

"Never be fooled by the title: there may only be 100 pages of narrative, and you can easily fit the book into a pocket, but packed into that is a wealth of detail Geoffrey Nowell-Smith worked for many years at the British Film Institute, and therefore writes with the benefit of insider access to archive footage and documentary records... Definitely a must read for [those] who belong to film groups" - Chris Green, Suffolk Norfolk Life


ISBN : 9780198701774

Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
128 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





The History of Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#543]

The History of Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#543]

The History of Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#543]