The Cinema Book

The Cinema Book is widely recognized as the ultimate guide to cinema. Authoritative and comprehensive, the third edition has been extensively revised, updated, and expanded in response to developments in cinema and cinema studies. Lavishly illustrated in color, this edition features a wealth of exciting new sections and in-depth case studies.

Chapters of this book: Hollywood cinema and beyond, the star system, technologies, world-cinemas. Genre, authorship and cinema, developments in theory.

From the Back Cover

First published in 1985, The Cinema Book was hailed as a landmark film studies text, presenting in accessible from two decades of intellectual activity on the subject. The second edition (1999) consolidated The Cinema Book‘s international reputation as the leading guide to film studies. This new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and updated in response to developments in cinema and cinema studies to include brand new chapters together with original essays and case studies written by leading scholars from around the globe.

It provides comprehensive coverage of seven major areas: Hollywood Cinema and Beyond; The Star System; Technologies; World-Cinemas; Genre; Authorship and Cinema; and Developments in Theory. New topics include Global Hollywood; Contemporary Women Directors; African-American Cinema; Queer Theory; and Postmodernism and Film. All sections are supported by in-depth analyses of films from the earliest days to the present.


“With excellent essays, close textual analysis of films, and further reading lists from some of the leading lights in the area, the book has proved an invaluable asset for those negotiating their way through the minefield of ideas and conflicting theories that make up the study of the film. This weighty, yet still surprisingly succinct tome also has an excellent sense of design allowing the reader to dip in and out and pull out the relevant information as they wish… an obvious must for any student of the film… excellent resource.” – Laurence Boyce Films and Festivals

About the Author

Pam Cook (born 6 January 1943, Farnborough, Hampshire, UK) is Professor Emerita in Film at the University of Southampton. Along with Laura Mulvey and Claire Johnston, she was a pioneer of 1970s Anglo-American feminist film theory. In the mid-1980s, Cook co-authored and edited the leading film studies textbook The Cinema Book for the British Film Institute. From 1985 to 1994 she was Associate Editor and contributor on the BFI magazines Monthly Film Bulletin and Sight and Sound, before becoming a lecturer at the University of East Anglia. In 1998 she was appointed the first Professor of European Film and Media at the University of Southampton. Since her retirement in 2005, she continues to publish books and articles on film.

The Cinema Book by Pam Cook. Flexibound: 450 pages. Publisher: British Film Institute; 3rd edition (December 31, 2007).

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