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Cinema Today.

Cinema Today

Edward Buscombe

Phaidon Press

180 Varick Street, 14th floor, New York, NY 10014

0714845167 $39.95 www.phaidon.com

In Cinema Today, author and movie historian Edward Buscombe explores the cinematic history, films, people, and technologies of movie making from 1970 to the present day. Beginning with the rise of the blockbuster in the early 1970s, Buscombe shows how a string of spectacularly successful films such as MASH (1970); The Godfather (1972); and Jaws (1975) transformed the economic climate of Hollywood and the evolution of how movies were made, distributed, and marketed. The first half of Cinema Today covers the "New Hollywood" and the rise of genre films including Crime, Science Fiction, Horror, and Comedy, as well as the rise of such influential directors as Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, George Lucas, Spike Lee, and Steven Spielberg. The second half of Cinema Today focuses on the unique style of film output from other parts of the world including Australasia, Africa, Indian, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Specially attention is devoted to the "Bollywood" cinema of India, art house cinema of France, the British comedy, Japanese crime films, and Mexican horror films, as well as the specific contributions of such directors as Bernardo Bertolucci, Pedro Almodovar, Akira Kurosawa, Roman Polanski, and others. Enhanced with more than 700 iconic and behind-the-scenes images, as well as a comprehensive directors' filmography, a bibliography, a chronology, and an index, Cinema Today is a seminal and strongly recommended addition to professional, academic, and community library Film History reference collections and Cinematic History Studies supplemental reading lists.
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