The Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film is intended as a standard reference
work in the field of film studies. Designed to meet the needs of
general readers, university students, high school students and
teachers, it offers a comprehensive and accessible overview of film
history and theory with an American emphasis.
Readers will find in the Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film the major
facts about film history, clear explanations of the main theoretical
concepts and lines of scholarly interpretation, and guidance through
important debates. Approaching cinema as art, entertainment, and
industry, the Encyclopedia features entries on all important genres,
studios, and national cinemas, as well as entries on relevant
technological and industrial topics, cultural issues, and critical
approaches to film.
Accompanying the main entries are more than 230 sidebars profiling
important figures in film history. More than career summaries, each
profile places the subject’s achievements within the context of the
particular entry it accompanies, offering a historical or theoretical
perspective on the person profiled.