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Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey

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The Oxford history of world cinema by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith( Book )

46 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book traces the history of the twentieth-century's most enduringly popular form of entertainment. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, from animation to the Avant-Garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong. An international team of distinguished film historians tells the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel; other chapters outline the evolution of national cinemas round the world - the varied and distinctive filmic traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood. A unique aspect of the book are the special inset features on the film-makers and personalities - Garbo and Godard, Keaton and Kurosawa, Bugs Bunny and Bergman - who have had an enduring impact in popular memory and cinematic lore. With over 280 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an extensive index, this is the buff's ultimate guide to cinema worldwide."--Jacket
Selections from the prison notebooks of Antonio Gramsci by Antonio Gramsci( Book )

69 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in English and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selections from cultural writings by Antonio Gramsci( Book )

26 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Antonio Gramsci (Italian: [ant?njo rami]; 22 January 1891? 27 April 1937) was an Italian writer, politician, political theorist, philosopher, sociologist, and linguist. He was a founding member and onetime leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was imprisoned by Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime. Gramsci was one of the most important Marxist thinkers in the 20th century. His writings are heavily concerned with the analysis of culture and political leadership and he is notable as a highly original thinker within modern European thought. He is renowned for his theory of cultural hegemony, which describes how states use cultural institutions to maintain power in a capitalist society."--Wikipedia
Making waves : new cinemas of the 1960s by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith( Book )

25 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 1960s was famously the decade of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. It was also a decade of revolution and counter-revolution, of the Cuban missile crisis, of the American intervention in Vietnam, of economic booms and the beginning of consumerism (and the rebellion against it). It was a decade in which the avantgarde came out of the closet and into the street, expressing itself on album covers and posters as much as in galleries. And it was a decade in which the old popular art -- crooners and show bands, Hollywood musicals and melodramas -- seemed destined to be swept away by the tide of novelty emerging across the world. The cinema was central to this atmosphere of cultural ferment. Hollywood was in decline, both artistically and commercially. The genres which had held audiences captive in the 1940s and 50s -- musicals, Westerns, melodramas -- were losing their appeal and their great practitioners were approaching retirement. The scene was therefore set for new cinemas to emerge to attract the young, the discriminating, the politically conscious and the sexually emancipated. The innovative features of the new cinemas were not the same everywhere. Common to most of them, however, were a political and aesthetic radicalism and a break with the traditions of studio filmmaking and its cult of perfect illusion. Making Waves is a sharp, focused, and brilliant survey of the innovative filmmaking of the 1960s, placing it in its political, economic, cultural and aesthetic context - capturing the distinctiveness of a decade which was great for the cinema and for the world at large. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith pays particular attention to a handful of the most remarkable talents (Godard, Antonioni, Bunuel) that emerged during the period and helped to make it so special."--Publisher description
Hollywood and Europe : economics, culture, national identity, 1945-95( Book )

15 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On need to counterbalance Hollywood film, and need to protect National identity
Roberto Rossellini : magician of the real( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'Avventura by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'avventura's debut at Cannes in 1960 baffled and enraged the audience. Its unresolved ending provided an unusual, if not revolutionary change in the way films can be perceived. The author gives a detailed and lucid account of the film
The companion to Italian cinema by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This comprehensive guide covers the entire century of Italian cinema development. A historical overview is followed by over 200 entries on film actors, directors, producers, technicians, major institutions, critics, festivals, genres and movements
After the wall : broadcasting in Germany by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British Film Institute, the government and film culture, 1933-2000 by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British Film Institute (BFI) is one of the UK's oldest and most important government-supported cultural institutions. From a modest start in the 1930s it grew rapidly after the war to encompass every kind of film-related activity from production to archiving to exhibition to education. At the beginning of the twenty-first century its turnover was approaching £30m and it had become a central point of reference for anyone whose interest in film stretched beyond what's on at the local multiplex. There was nothing straightforward about this rise to prominence. It was achieved in the face of government indifference, active obstruction from the film trade, internecine warfare within the organisation and fierce contestation on the part of the BFI's own core public. Based on intensive original research in the BFI's own voluminous archives and elsewhere, this book examines the interplay of external and internal forces that led to the BFI's unique development as a multi-faceted public body
The European experience( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of cinema : a very short introduction by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cinema was the first, and is arguably still the greatest, of the industrialized art forms that came to dominate the cultural life of the twentieth century. Today, it continues to adapt and grow as new technologies and viewing platforms become available, and remains an integral cultural and aesthetic entertainment experience for people the world over. Cinema developed against the backdrop of the two world wars, and over the years has seen smaller wars, revolutions, and profound social changes. Its history reflects this changing landscape, and, more than any other art form, developments in technology. In this Very Short Introduction, Nowell-Smith looks at the defining moments of the industry, from silent to sound, black and white to colour, and considers its genres from intellectual art house to mass market entertainment."--
Antonio Gramsci : selections from cultural writings by Antonio Gramsci( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antonio Gramsci: Selections from Cultural Writings
Explorers and exploration( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of exploration in Africa and Arabia from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, discussing the challenges faced by explorers who encountered difficult terrain, torrid climates, and hostile tribesmen. Includes navigational charts and maps, a glossary, and comprehensive index
Prima di Caligari : cinema tedesco, 1895-1920 by Giornate del cinema muto( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Oxford history of world cinema
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Smith, Geoffrey N.-

Smith, Geoffrey Nowell-.

Smith, Geoffrey Nowell- 1939-

Smith Goeffrey Nowell-

Selections from the prison notebooks of Antonio GramsciSelections from cultural writingsMaking waves : new cinemas of the 1960sHollywood and Europe : economics, culture, national identity, 1945-95Roberto Rossellini : magician of the realL'AvventuraThe companion to Italian cinema