This extensively revised second edition offers a comprehensive introduction to Hollywood cinema, providing a fascinating account of the cultural and aesthetic significance of the worldâ€™s most powerful film industry. Provides a fascinating account of Hollywood history. Examines the cultural and aesthetic significance of the world's most powerful film industry. Explores and interprets Hollywood cinema in history and in the present, in theory and in practice. Extensively revised and updated with new chapter features including box sections, further reading lists, Notes and Queries, and chapter summaries.