This inspiring book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped film since its inception. Entertaining and intelligent, it provides a concise history as well as being a fascinating resource to dip into. Arranged in a broadly chronological order to show the development of film, the ideas include innovative concepts, technologies, techniques and movements. From the silent era's masterpieces to today's blockbusters and art house movies, these highly illustrated pages are a chance to discover or rediscover films from all around the world. AUTHOR: David Parkinson is a film critic for the Radio Times and the Oxford Times, and a contributing editor on Empire. In addition to writing regularly for the BFI website and several other online outlets, he is also the author of several books including A History of Film, The Young Oxford Book of Cinema, The Rough Guide to Film Musicals and Oxford At the Movies.