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The Endless End of Cinema: A History of Crisis and Survival in Hollywood

Gianluca Sergi

Film is dead! Three little words that have been heard around the world many times over the life of the cinema. Yet, some 120 years on, the old dog's ability to come up with new tricks and live another day remains as surprising and effective as ever. This book is an exploration of film's ability to escape its own 'The End' title card. It charts the history of cinema's development through a series of crises that could, should, ought to have 'ended' it. From its origins to Covid - via a series of unlikely friendships with sound, television and the internet - the book provides industry professionals, scholars and lovers of cinema with an informing and intriguing journey into the afterlife of cinema and back to the land of the living. It is also a rare collaboration between an Oscar-winning filmmaker and a film scholar, a chronicle of their attempt to bridge two worlds that have often looked at each other with as much curiosity as doubt, but that are bound by the deep love of cinema that they both share.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Aug 22nd, 2024
  • Pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9798765103203
  • Categories: Film - Direction & ProductionIndustries - EntertainmentTelecommunications

About the Author

Sergi, Gianluca: - Gianluca Sergi is Professor of Film and Television at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the author of The Dolby Era: Film Sound in Contemporary Hollywood (2004).
Rydstrom, Gary: - At Lucasfilm's Skywalker Sound, Gary Rydstrom has sound designed and mixed many films, including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, A River Runs Through It, Toy Story, Quiz Show, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Punch-Drunk Love, Finding Nemo, and Ready Player One. He has won seven Academy Awards for Sound and Sound Editing, and Career Achievement Awards from both the Cinema Audio Society and Motion Picture Sound Editors. For Pixar Animation Studios, he directed two shorts, the Oscar-nominated Lifted, and Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation. In 2015, he directed the animated feature Strange Magic for Disney/Lucasfilm. Gary is a native of Chicago, and a graduate of the School of Cinema at the University of Southern California.
Praise for this book
"Sergi's scholarly insights and Rydstrom's unique love and professional knowledge of sound (along with his wonderfully dry sense of humor) create a truly unusual and rich take on the history of the film industry - while at the same time, giving us an eccentric perspective on world historical events that laid the rollercoaster tracks for Hollywood's ups and downs. Film and history buffs alike will enjoy the read!" --Brenda Chapman, Writer/Director for Disney/Pixar's Brave and co-director for Prince of Egypt, USA