> I'm considering a text change in my one-semester course "History and
> Appreciation of the Motion Picture". . . .  I've been using Bohm
> & Stromgren's LIGHT AND SHADOWS (Mayfield, 1987, 3rd ed.).  Seven
> years have passed; the oft-promised 4th edition isn't even considered
> at this point.
> Anyway. . . .  Anyone out there have a text recommendation with a
> history and development focus??  NOTE:  I have copies of Cook's A
> HISTORY OF NARRATIVE FILM (Norton, 1990, 2nd ed.) [Has anyone out
> there used it?  With what result?] and Thompson & Bordwell's FILM
> HISTORY: AN INTRODUCTION (McGraw-Hill, 1st ed., 1994)  My decision
> date is May 1st.    Thanks :-)   Ralph D.
I would recommend Thompson and Bordwell. I like their overall approach. On a
 more theoritical basis, you may consider Allen and Gomery : Film History,
 theory and Practice.
Pierre Veronneau
Cinematheque quebecoise