Explains the major theoretical approaches in the study of the moving image as well as defining key theoretical terms. It offers beginning students an introductory map of the field and more experienced students and scholars a refresher course on the basic concepts. It aims to give a context to the debate surrounding the term rather than a simplistic definition; includes suggestions for further reading; and is fully indexed; and cross-referenced.
'Early cinema' refers to the first 20 or 25 years of the cinema's emergence from the early 1890s to the middle 1910s. Coverage of the pre-cinema period is also given in order to describe not only the apparatus, and its inventors, on the basis of which cinema would develop, but also those mass-cultural forms and practices within which cinema was to emerge. The Encyclopedia presents information on the basic trajectory of early cinema history, with coverage of film production, filmmakers, film genres, and individual films, but in addition a major task of the work is to present information from the revisionist history of early cinema, with its focus on the changing nature of film exhibition and the changing patterns of reception.
Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, fromanimation to the Avant-Garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong. An international team of distinguished film historians tells the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel; other chapters outline the evolution of national cinema around the world - the varied and distinctive filmic traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood.