Flashback: A Brief Film History by Louis GiannettiFlashback: A Brief Film History by Louis Giannetti

Flashback: A Brief Film History

byLouis Giannetti, Scott Eyman

Paperback | July 14, 2009

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Consolidating major figures and film movements into their decade of greatest influence or prestige, this “no-nonsense” book offers a generously illustrated, concise, and very readable history of fiction movies with an emphasis on American cinema. Eclectic in methodology and written in a plain English style that audiences can relate to, it examines the full scope of traditional film history and criticism, viewing film as both an art and an industry— as it mirrors popular audience values, social ideologies, and historical epochs.


Scott Eyman is the books editor of the Palm Beach Post and the author of nine books about the movies. The Wall Street Journal called his most recent biography, Lion of Hollywood: The Life of Louis B. Mayer, "one of the five best books ever written about Hollywood."
Title:Flashback: A Brief Film HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 10.5 × 8.4 × 1.6 inPublished:July 14, 2009Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0205695906

ISBN - 13:9780205695904

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Table of Contents


1. Beginnings.

 2. Griffith and His Contemporaries: 1908—1920.

 3. American Cinema in the 1920s.

    Major Filmmakers


 4. European Cinema in the 1920s.

    Soviet Union



 5. The Hollywood Studio System: 1925-1955

    The Box Office

    The Studio System

    The Star System

    The System of Genres

 6. American Cinema in the 1930s.

    The Talkie Era

    New Genres:  Gangster Pictures, Musicals, Screwball Comedy

    Major Filmmakers

 7. European Cinema in the 1930s.


    Great Britian


 8. American Cinema in the 1940s.

    Decline of the Studio System

    World War II

    Major Filmmakers

    Film Noir and Postwar Realism

 9. European Cinema in the 1940s.



    Soviet Union

    Great Britian


10. American Cinema in the 1950s.

    New Screens

    The Red Scare

    Social Realism

    Method Acting

    Major Filmmakers

11. International Cinema in the 1950s.


    Ingmar Bergman

    Federico Fellini


12. American Cinema in the 1960s.

    The Bloated Era

    Major Filmmakers

    New Directions

13. International Cinema in the 1960s.


    Great Britian


    Eastern Europe

14. American Cinema in the 1970s.

    The Vietnam-Watergate Era

    The New Cinema

    Major Figures

15. International Cinema in the 1970s.

    Great Britian


    West Germany


    Eastern Europe


    The Third World

16. American Cinema in the 1980s.

    Technology and the Marketplace

    The Reagan Era

    The Mainstream

    The Mavericks

17. International Cinema in the 1980s.

    Great Britian

    Western Europe

    U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe

    The Third World


18. American Cinema in the 1990s.

    The Hollywood Studios

    The Bright Side

    Major Filmmakers

    The Independent Cinema

19. International Cinema in the 1990s.

    Hollywood Uber Alles

    Great Britian


    Continental Europe

    Emerging Cinemas

    Australia and New Zealand


20. American Cinema Since 2000.

     Major Figures

     Emerging Artists


21.  International Cinema Since 2000.


    Islamic Cinema

    Hong Kong/China, and Japan

    United States

    Latin America