If you love cinema and would like to know more about it, look no further than Cinema: The Whole Story. This is an indispensable book for all those who love watching and reading about films, and who want to understand more about the international world of cinema. . Places key works in the context of genre and social and cultural developments . Historical timelines highlight key influences and events . Inside the world of film-making - the glamour, the triumphs, the disappointments and the realities of stardom . Written by an international team of film experts, led by Philip Kemp, film historian, lecturer and author Illustrated, in-depth text covers every genre of cinema, from the first silent films to epic blockbusters, CGI graphics and ground-breaking special effects of the 21st century. Detailed timelines accompany the text and clarify cinematic history. Everything from camera and lighting to acting styles, animation and the film's social and cultural impact is explained, enabling you to interpret the full meaning of world-famous movies. Discover what makes a star, what makes a film a success - and why even the most promising of ideas can prove an expensive disaster.