This fresh, engaging volumeone of six in the Talk About seriesprovides the key ideas for a better understanding of today's cinematic style and the reference terms that are crucial to film studies, by challenging preconceived ideas and clichés about cinema. It defines the main notions of contemporary film, outlines the advances and evolutions in the field since the turn of the twentieth century, and explores the main genres and styles, allowing the reader to contextualize different cinematic movements. From mannerism to social realism, sci-fi to teen movies, and "September 11th Syndrome" to the return of melodrama, all the major trends, evolutions, and styles of recent times are examined to create a detailed picture of the contemporary cinematic landscape. In addition, the major dates in its history are identified along with the industry's pioneers. The author also deciphers twenty seminal films that changed the world of cinema and presents the portraits of thirty influential filmmakers. Original photographs of legendary actors and directors, both on set and screen, provide real insight into their glamorous world, and a glossary of key film terms, a selected bibliography, and an index complete the work. If you want to understand and talk about film-related topics, Talk About Cinema offers alternative ideas that address numerous time periods and movements, gathering all the essential facts in one didactic and readable volume.