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American Film: A History, 2nd Edition

  • Jon Lewis
  • ISBN-10: 0393664899
  • ISBN-13: 9780393664898
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

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.


  • 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.

About the Author

Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis is a professor in the English Department at Oregon State University where he has taught film and cultural studies since 1983. He has published eight books: THE ROAD TO ROMANCE AND RUIN: TEEN FILMS AND YOUTH CULTURE, which won a CHOICE MAGAZINE Academic Book of the Year Award; WHOM GOD WISHES TO DESTROY … FRANCIS COPPOLA AND THE NEW HOLLYWOOD; THE NEW AMERICAN CINEMA; HOLLYWOOD V. HARD CORE: HOW THE STRUGGLE OVER CENSORSHIP SAVED THE MODERN FILM INDUSTRY, a NEW YORK TIMES New and Noteworthy paperback; THE END OF CINEMA AS WE KNOW IT: AMERICAN FILM IN THE NINETIES; AMERICAN FILM: A HISTORY; LOOKING PAST THE SCREEN: CASE STUDIES IN AMERICAN FILM HISTORY; and for the British Film Institute's Film Classics series, THE GODFATHER. Professor Lewis has appeared in two theatrically released documentaries on film censorship: INSIDE DEEP THROAT (Fenton Bailey, 2005) and THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED (Kirby Dick, 2006). Between 2002 and 2007, he served as editor of CINEMA JOURNAL and had a seat on the Executive Council of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

New to this edition

  • 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.