The Young Oxford Book of the Movies (Young Oxford Books)

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With this one-stop guide, you do not need to be in the dark about the movies ever again! The Young Oxford Book of the Movies explores the history of film around the world, from the earliest silent movies to the blockbusters of today, through a century of constant challenge and change. How did the stars of the silent era adapt to the coming of the "talkies," and how did movies face up to the threat from television? Separate chapters look at different genres of films, presenting the greatest comedians, cowboys, heroes, and horrors of the big screen, as well as the actors, directors, and movie moguls who created them. The whole story is lavishly illustrated throughout.
An entire section is devoted to the life cycle of a movie, from the initial idea to the gala opening night. See how casting, costumes, makeup, and brilliant special effects are combined to entertain us, and look up your favorite movies in the fact file.

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David Parkinson is a film critic for the Radio Times in London. He has taught film and media studies at the secondary school level and is the author of the popular Bloomsbury Good Movie Guide and A History of Film. He is currently writing a Dictionary of Film.

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"One of the most sweeping books for young readers on the subject, this exhaustive volume covers the history of movies, both technologically and artistically, all of the major genres, and all aspects of movie production.... Profusely illustrated with movie stills and posters.... An ideal volume for young adults dreaming about film school and a future in movie-making."--Kirkus Reviews

"A movie-lover's dream. It's perfect for casual browsing, as well as for reports."--School Library Journal

"Covers history, starting with magic lanterns and the silent film era; genres, including melodrama, science fiction, comedy, and the western; and movie production, from fund-raising and casting to editing and distribution. Liberal use of stills and sidebars makes the information-packed format accessible."--Publishers Weekly

"Supported by many photos, sidebars, charts, and boxes highlighting individual films, the informative text surveys the accomplishments of the industry to the mid 1990s. The sturdy binding ensures that this title will stand up to the heavy use it is certain to receive."--Library Lane

"Readable and enjoyable introduction... Parkinson is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his subject, and his inclusion of cinematic history from countries around the world is a welcome addition... An inviting page layout with photos on every page... Will be sure to draw browsers, but it also can be used by researchers, making it a good choice for middle-level libraries. Recommended."--Book Report

"Fully illustrated with photographs, drawings, and reprints of posters and movie stills. Parkinson includes many sidebars with assorted cinematic information...An enjoyable browse..."--VOYA

"Will entice fans."--The Horn Book Guide

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