What Cinema Is!
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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What Cinema Is! offers an engaging answer to Andre Bazin's famous question, exploring his 'idea of cinema' with a sweeping look back at the near century of Cinema's phenomenal ascendancy.
- Written by one of the foremost film scholars of our time
- Establishes cinema's distinction from the current enthusiasm over audio-visual entertainment, without relegating cinema to a single, older mode
- Examines cinema's institutions and its social force through the qualities of key films
- Traces the history of an idea that has made cinema supremely alive to (and in) our times