The Routledge Companion to Film History by William GuynnThe Routledge Companion to Film History by William Guynn

The Routledge Companion to Film History

EditorWilliam Guynn

Paperback | June 10, 2010

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The Routledge Companion to Film Historyis an indispensable guide for anyone studying film history for the first time. The approach taken presents a substantial and readable overview of the field and provides students with a tool of reference that will be valuable throughout their studies.

The volume is divided into two parts. The first is a set of eleven essays that approaches film history around the following themes:

  • History of the moving image
  • Film as art and popular culture
  • Production process
  • Evolution of sound
  • Alternative modes: experimental, documentary, animation
  • Cultural difference
  • Film's relationship to history

The second is a critical dictionary that explains concepts, summarizes debates in film studies, defines technical terms, describes major periods and movements, and discusses historical situations and the film industry. The volume as a whole is designed as an active system of cross-references: readers of the essays are referred to dictionary entries (and vice versa) and both provide short bibliographies that encourage readers to investigate topics.

William Guynn is Emeritus Professor of Art (Cinema) at Sonoma State University, California. His previous publications includeWriting History in Film(Routledge, 2006)
Title:The Routledge Companion to Film HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 10, 2010Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415776570

ISBN - 13:9780415776578


Table of Contents

Editor's introduction Part I: Film history: a thematic approach  1.Natural Magic: A Cultural history of Moving ImagesErkki Huhtamo  2. Film as popular cultureHilary Radner  3. Film as artPrakash Younger  4. The stages of the production processWilliam Guynn  5. The evolution of sound in cinemaJay Beck  6. Experimental CinemaWheeler Winston Dixon  7. Documentary filmBrian Winston  8.AnimationNorman M. Klein  9. Filming differenceDavid Desser  10.Making history through mediaMarcia Landy  11. Inscribing the historical: film texts in contextRosemarie Scullion Part II: A critical dictionary: history, theory, technique Bibliography  Index

Editorial Reviews

'This guide provides a stimulating insight into fifty directors working today' - Tanya Jones, The Media Education Association

'The Routledge Companion to Film History has both breadth and enough depth to move beyond a more generalised and popularist approach to the topics within each chapter... An impressive addition to the film history 'library'.' - POV