On December 28, 1895, the Lumiere brothers demonstrated their cinematograph to 33 people in Paris. Despite Louis Lumiere’s notorious declaration that “the cinema is an invention without a future, ” the occasion marks the birth of the movies. Written to coincide with the 100th anniversary of this seminal event, “Encyclopedia of European Cinema” is a celebration of the scope and variety of film in all European countries. Compiled under the auspices of the prestigious British Film Institute, this uses the expertise of over 30 international authorities on the subject.
Intermingling plot synopses with biographies of key filmmakers, actors, and other industry contributors, this comprehensive reference is a veritable cinematic feast. Created to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the cinema in 1996, the Encyclopedia of European Cinema captures and delves into the special qualities that typify Europe’s cinematic contributions. Compiled under the auspices of one of the world’s most prestigious film foundations the British Film Institute. Films include: Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita; Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet; Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal; Lina Wertmuller’s Seven Beauties; Louis Malle’s Damage.
Encyclopedia of European Cinema
by Ginette Vincendeau
Paperback: 475 pages
Publisher: Facts on File; 1st edition (November 1995)