The history of filmmaking is the history of human invention and innovation. From the crankshaft cameras that captured the flickering slapstick and epic images of the silent era to modern Hollywood’s digitally created blockbusters, the evolution of moviemaking is just as fascinating as the stories that capture generation after generation of audiences’ imaginations.
Film expert and author Andrew J. Rausch presents the 30 most pivotal moments in the history of the turning points that changed the way movies were produced. Accompanied with insights from noted film historians and filmmakers, Rausch’s essays analyze the significance of each influential event, industry pioneer, and technological breakthrough—from Thomas Edison’s Kinescopes to computer-generated imagery:
- Georges Méliès’s introduction of narrative story in The Trip to the Moon
- D.W. Griffith’s first landmark motion picture, The Birth of a Nation
- French Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Sergei Eisenstein’s montage techniques
- The establishment of the Academy Awards
- Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—the first animated feature film
- The innovative camerawork and nonlinear storyline of Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane
- The dark side of America—film noir
- French New Wave
- The creation of the ratings system under MPAA president Jack Valenti
- The Blaxploitation movement
- “Realist” filmmakers from Hollywood’s New Wave
- Home video
- Jaws, Star Wars, and the birth of the modern blockbuster
- Pixar’s Toy Story—the first fully computer-animated film
A must-have for any movie lover’s library, Turning Points in Film History is a unique and authoritative exploration of the art form that has entertained the world for over a century—and changed it forever.
Andrew J. Rausch is the author of The Greatest War Films of All Time: A Quiz Book, Hollywood’s All-Time Greatest Stars: A Quiz Book, and The 100 Greatest American Films: A Quiz Book, all available from Citadel Press. He writes about movies for several publications, and has worked on numerous B movies in various capacities. He lives in Parsons, Kansas.