The Film Book: A Complete Guide to the World of Cinema by Ronald Bergan -- This is a lushly illustrated tome, packaged in a tin case, and it chronicles the nearly complete history of motion pictures around the world.
The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies by David Thomson -- Here is a poetically written examination of how film has evolved from the silver screen to the mobile screen, reminiscing on where it originated, how far it's come, and where it might be going.
Do the Movies Have a Future? by David Denby -- The movie critic of The New Yorker magazine compiles many of his best essays on Hollywood blockbusters, independent films, plus commentary on show business and the current status of the art of cinematic storytelling.
Film After Film by J. Hoberman -- The subtitle is "Or What Became of 21st Century Cinema?" The author investigates the impact of digitation on filmmaking.
The Power of Film by Howard Suber -- From A to Z, one of the nation's most revered film professors looks at the scope of moviemaking, covering everything from genres to directors to memorable films to key terms in the language of the craft.
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