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What are the best books on the general history of world film?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:59 pm
by saratw2
What are the best books on the history of world cinema, including (of course) foreign film? (General history, not director specific)

I want to purchase some so I can appreciate films even more.

Re: What are the best books on the general history of world film?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2004 6:57 pm
by fugl_foeniks
An imporant book for me has been "Derek Malcolm's 100 Personal Best" (I think that's the title. Just search for Derek Malcolm on amazon.co.uk). It's not a normal film history book , but a selection of what he thinks is the 100 best films ever made, from "Birth of a Nation" to "Raise the Red Lantern". It was because of this book I was introduced to directors like Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Victor Erice.

Re: What are the best books on the general history of world film?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2004 7:50 pm
by saratw2
Thank you!! I looked it up on Amazon and have ordered a used copy.

Are there other books?

Re: What are the best books on the general history of world film?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2004 11:53 pm
by FF-jason
A couple of other books I would recommend that offer a good introduction to world cinema but also feature independents and lesser known titles...

* The Off-Hollywood Film Guide
by Tom Wiener
- a nice compendium of foreign and independent titles

* The 100 Best Films to Rent You've Never Heard Of
by David N. Meyer
- not as many foreign titles but a nice book nonetheless.

* The A List: 100 Essential Films
edited by Jay Carr
- The National Society of Film Critics' chooses 100 essential films, including many foreign titles. In-depth essays on each film.

Re: What are the best books on the general history of world film?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2004 1:04 am
by jdcopp
David A Cook "A History of Narrative Film"
Walter Kerr "The Silent Clowns"
Ephraim Katz "Film Encyclopedia"
James Agee "Agee on Film"
Francois Truffaut "Hitchcock/Truffaut"
Marcel Pagnol "Cinematurgie de Paris" not available I believe in English

Re: What are the best books on the general history of world film

PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:40 pm
by kenji
David Cook: History of Narrative Film

David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson: Film History

Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (Ed): Oxford History of World Cinema

Gilbert Adair: Flickers

all from several years back