Understanding Movies

ISBN-10: 0130408131
ISBN-13: 9780130408136
Edition: 9th 2002 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)
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Description: For undergraduate courses in Introduction to Film, Introduction to Cinema, and Film and Drama. Designed to help students analyze movies with precision and technical sophistication, this book focuses on formalismhow the forms of the film (e.g.,  More...

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Book details

List price: $67.20
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 6/21/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 556
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

For undergraduate courses in Introduction to Film, Introduction to Cinema, and Film and Drama. Designed to help students analyze movies with precision and technical sophistication, this book focuses on formalismhow the forms of the film (e.g., camera work, editing, photography, etc.) create meaning. It retains the same principle of organization as its predecessorsstructuring chapters around the realism-formalism dichotomywhile it updates each chapter to integrate more recent developments, contemporary films, and personalities in the field.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Photography
Overview
Realism and Formalism
The Shots
The Angles
Light and Dark
Color
Lenses, Filters, Stocks, Opticals, and Gauges
The Cinematographer
Further Reading
Mise en Scene
Overview
The Frame
Composition and Design
Territorial Space
Proxemic Patterns
Open and Closed Forms
Further Reading
Movement
Overview
Kinetics
The Moving Camera
Mechanical Distortions of Movement
Further Reading
Editing
Overview
Continuity
D. W. Griffith and Classical Cutting
Soviet Montage and the Formalist Tradition
Andre Bazin and the Tradition of Realism
Hitchcock's North by Northwest: Storyboard Version
Further Reading
Sound
Overview
Historical Background
Sound Effects
Music
Musicals and Opera
Spoken Language
Further Reading
Acting
Overview
Stage and Screen Acting
The American Star System
Styles of Acting
Casting
Further Reading
Drama
Overview
Time, Space, and Language
The Director
Settings and Decor
Costumes and Makeup
Further Reading
Story
Overview
Narratology
The Spectator
The Classical Paradigm
Realistic Narratives
Formalistic Narratives
Nonfictional Narratives
Genre and Myth
Further Reading
Writing
Overview
The Screenwriter
The Screenplay
North by Northwest: Reading Version
Figurative Comparisons
Point of View
Literary Adaptations
Further Reading
Ideology
Overview
The Left-Center-Right Model
Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity
Feminism
Gay Liberation
Tone
Further Reading
Theory
Overview
Theories of Realism
Formalist Film Theories
The Auteur Theory
Eclectic and Synthetic Theories
Structuralism and Semiology
Historiography
Further Reading
Synthesis: Citizen Kane
Photography
Mise en Scene
Movement
Editing
Sound
Acting
Drama
Story
Writing
Ideology
Theory
Further Reading
Glossary
Index

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