Movies (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

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Cinema is the quintessential art form of the twentieth century. From the Lumiere brothers' first public film screening at the end of the nineteenth century to the technical wizardry of today, cinema has recorded, created, even revised our history. Its images, icons, follies, and foibles endure as part of our collective consciousness. However, does the end of the century also herald the "end of cinema"? Has mainstream, formulaic, big-budget moviemaking triumphed over other alternatives? Covering a panoramic range of genres and styles, from B-movies and Nazi propaganda films to independent features and animated productions, and with texts by Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock, Colette, John Updike, Umberto Eco, and other modern visionaries, this eclectic volume is a refreshing look at the ever-fascinating world of the movies and a much-needed corrective to the Hollywood bias.

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Gilbert Adair is the author of such novels as The Holy Innocents, winner of the Authors' Club First Novel Award, and Love and Death on Long Island. His cinematic credentials include Hollywood's Vietnam, an in-depth look at cinema's portrayal of the Vietnam War, and Flickers, a celebration of the cinema's centenary.

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