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Posted By: Thomas Stern
21-Jul-18 - 01:15 PM
Thread Name: BS: movie history
Subject: BS: movie history
wonder if anyone is seriously into the history of movies and
can recommend a good current book?
MANY years ago I read THE LIVLIEST ART (Arthur Knight), do not remember any detail, but recall it as informative.
One of the books listed in many lists of source material is Terry Ramsaye's A MILLION AND ONE NIGHTS, with the caveat that dates and facts are not precisely accurate. I think I obtained a copy, but never read it. Recently I started reading it, got through perhaps a couple of chapters, but find the inflated purple prose not to my liking. Others have found it most illuminating - If anyone here has read it I would be interested in your comments. Perhaps later chapters are more interesting?
Another A HISTORY OF THE MOVIES by Benjamin Hampton (1931), available in a retitled DOVER reprint with new introduction by Richard Griffith, and also in print on demand sources. Huge collection of photos included - I found it enlightening and nicely written.
The University of California also published a multi vol. history
including Charles Musser's The Emergence of Cinema. Any comments - this seems to be well regarded.

Another interesting book, though far from complete and sometimes lacking in detail is American Film Studios: An Historical Encyclopedia by Gene Fernett McFarland, 1988.

There is huge and expensive McGraw Hill publication which seems to cover everything from early history through current, and world cinema - ilm History: An Introduction, 3rd Edition by Kristin Thompson, David Bordwell McGraw Hill 2009.
Anyone famoiliar with this/ and any idea if a new edition is in the works ??

Thanks!
Thomas.