When talking about history, what comes to mind are boring subjects and often characterized by the phrase “in my time”. Even in books about the seventh art, it's hard to find one that strays from the main films of all times or of that era. These end up becoming just another work that will gather dust on the reader's bookshelf.
Only this time, the author Franthiesco Ballerini, achieved a real feat and can even be said to be unprecedented in this scenario: writing a work that goes beyond the cinematographic screen, explaining, in a social and even economic way, how the cinema market was born.
In History of World Cinema, Ballerini does more than a collection of films, screenwriters and directors, going further with the creation of Hollywood and Bollywood. It spans decades from silent movies to new generation blockbusters. In addition, Ballerini makes a fantastic and innovative analysis of cinema in each continent.
The author not only analyzes cinema, but makes it clear that it is a unique form of language, but that it follows regional principles, which go beyond language differences. We cannot expect the same vision of communication from Italian, Japanese and even Hollywood cinema. Each has its own style.
Another interesting aspect of the work is that the author places Essential Films at the end of each part covered in the chapter. This helps with examples the reader to be able to look for these films and be able to understand the functioning of society and thought of each era. It is also an even nostalgic way for those who are reading to be able to become part of world history and see how much they were part of the History of World Cinema.
The interesting part of the book is that screenwriting students will be able to have a single place to carry out their research. As discussed during one of the classes at FIC's (Cinematic Ideas Factory), each time has its style and genre. The language of the 1970s and 1980s may even be similar, but they are different in what they want to show the viewer.
From generations X, Y and those to come, with genres and all new names, the FIC's course is a place for discussion about writing, as it must go beyond the impact of the screens and go deeper into the person who is watching the film. And this is what the book History of World Cinema manages to convey: emotion for one of the greatest arts ever created by human beings.
The book was made by Summary Editorial, with a well-designed, easy-to-read quality edition and images of several of the features covered in the work.
History of World Cinema is a work to be read by communication students, screenwriters, teachers, artists and especially by every fan of the seventh art!