Comprising over 90 essays and richly illustrated with over 200 images, the Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film provides a chronological portrait of American film history from its origins to the present day.
Taken as a whole, the essays in this collection represent a comprehensive and nuanced overview of American film history from the intersecting perspectives of industry, audiences, aesthetics, culture, politics, issues, and ideology.
Unabashedly ambitious, deeply historical, and unprecedented in its multi-faceted examination of film history, this collection offers you:
* Over 90 original essays written by an international cast of film scholars
* Discussions of the industrial and institutional components of film history, including multiple modes of production, distribution, and marketing
* Investigations into the political, social, and economic factors that informed industry change and framed the reception of films
* Engaging close readings and in-depth analysis of canonical and non-canonical films
* Profiles of essential industry figures - major directors, stars, and producers - along with important figures outside the industrial mainstream
* An exploration of the history of film criticism and culture, and central issues in American film historiography
* The most authoritative collection of fresh investigations available in one state-of-the-art resource