30 Non-Fiction Books About Movies to Read Before You Die

Cinema 1 & 2

Author: Gilles Deleuze
Publication Date: 1983 & 1985 

Along with Cavell, Deleuze is one of the most well known philosophers to write about cinema well. Prepare yourself, reader, because it's going to get dense. Aspiring cinephiles should start with Bazin and Eisenstein, and then work up to Deleuze.

The Paris-born philosopher wrote about cinema as a way to write about time and history, and how history is made. Or, how we come to understand something as history.

It's heady, but will make you look at the formal decisions of cinema—cuts, long takes, camera position—in a different, sharper way. RS

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