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1. Introductory Assumptions.
Persistence of Vision.
The First Films.
3. Film Narrative, Commercial Expansion.
The Film d'Art.
The Birth of a Nation.
5. Mack Sennett and the Chaplin Shorts.
6. Movie Czar... MORE
Stars over Hollywood.
The Emperors and Their Rule.
Films and Filmmakers, 1910-28.
Hollywood and the Jazz Age.
7. The German Golden Age.
Expressionism, Realism, and the Studio Film.
The End of an Era.
8. Soviet Montage.
The Kuleshov Workshop.
Sergei M. Eisenstein.
Vsevolod I. Pudovkin.
Other Major Figures.
10. France Between the Wars.
Surrealism and Other Movements.
Gance and Dreyer.
Vigo and Others.
11. The American Studio Years: 1930–45.
Film Cycles and Cinematic Conventions.
Masters of Mood and Action.
12. Hollywood in Transition: 1946–65.
Enemies Within: Freedom of Association and Free Entertainment.
Films in the Transitional Era.
Surfaces and Subversion.
Finding the Audience.
13. Neorealism and the New Wave.
Romantics and Antiromantics.
France: Postwar Classicism.
1959 and After.
The French (and Italian) Revolution.
14. National Cinema 1: 1945–.
Sweden and Denmark.
Central and Eastern Europe.
15. Hollywood Renaissance: 1964–76.
The New American Auteurs.
The Independent American Cinema.
16. National Cinema 2: 1968–.
Das neue Kino.
Third World Cinemas.
Up from Down Under, Down from Up Above.
Russia and the Former Soviet Union.
The New Internationalism.
17. The Return of the Myths: 1977–.
Star Wars and the New Mythology.
Business and Technology.
The Look of the Future.
Appendix: For Further Reading and Viewing.