Anything by Bordwell is great. But you’re right the book is better to get into the early years of cinema.
If I can give you a tip, Darth Bowie, don’t look into general film history book cause it’s usually an overlook, it never get into details. Make a list of your favorite decades or your favorite genre, and then pick the best books about those. Tell me what you’re interested in and I’ll recommand you some books.
Hi! Thank you for the recommendations. I’ve read books on some of my favorite films/directors/actors over the years but I’m curious about which writings are considered definitive. I’m very interested in reading about American and European Cinema of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Please throw some titles at me!