One of the most powerful forces in world culture, American cinema has a long and complex history that stretches through more than a century. This history not only includes a legacy of hundreds of important films but also the evolution of the film industry itself, which is in many ways a microcosm of the history of American society.
Historical Dictionary of American Cinema, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 600 cross-referenced entries covering people, films, companies, techniques, themes, and subgenres that have made American cinema such a vital part of world culture.
M. Keith Booker is professor of English at the University of Arkansas. He has written or edited more than sixty books on film, literature, and cultural theory.
Editor’s Foreword Jon Woronoff
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About the Author
Ten years after the first edition, Booker updates Historical Dictionary of American Cinema by adding a hundred pages to cover developments in the US film industry from 2010 to 2020, including notes about the disruption in productions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alphabetical entries focus on film studios, genres, and people, from directors, producers, and actors to scriptwriters and composers. General readers.