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  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $75.00
  • Forthcoming: December 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-66489-8
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Jon Lewis (Author, Oregon State University)


A closer look at the captivating history of American cinema

Written in an engaging narrative style, this text provides a thorough overview of the fascinating intersection of economics, culture, artistry, and technology that has defined American film from its beginnings. The Second Edition features a NEW four-color design, hundreds of new images, greater emphasis on film analysis, increased coverage of women and minority filmmakers, and an epilogue that speculates on the future of film.


Publication date for instructor exam copies: December 2018

On-sale date for student copies and accompanying resources: June 2019

Contemporary coverage of a continually evolving field

This edition reflects sweeping changes in American film since the publication of the first edition in 2007. Recent films, evolving business practices, new production technologies and methods, and the changing and increasingly diverse community of filmmakers are all covered.  

Helps students look closer and understand more

Being able to understand and analyze what’s happening onscreen is an essential skill. NEW “A Closer Look” features and a NEW introduction give students more exposure to film analysis. These features allow for a deeper appreciation of how film form enriches the understanding of the film history. 

A colorful photo program brings American film to life

Now more vivid and visual than ever before. This edition features hundreds of photos in full color.  

Themes that interest students

The history of cinema is presented as a fascinating story of competing interests and shifting cultural mores, including the complex intersections of ambition, artistry, and hard-headed economics. Students especially appreciate Lewis’s attention to the “behind-the-scenes” stories that keep them wanting to learn more. 

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