Understanding Movies

ISBN-10: 0132336995

ISBN-13: 9780132336994

Edition: 11th 2008

Authors: Louis Giannetti
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Description: Helps readers understand how the many languages of film work together to create meaning.Louis Giannetti organizesUnderstanding Moviesaround the key elements of filmmaking, including cintematography, Mise en Scegrave;ne, movement, editing, sound, acting, drama, casting, story, screenwriting, ideology, and theory. He synthesizes every element through a complete case study:Citizen Kane. This books ideas are illuminated with hundreds of high-quality still photos, more than 70 in full color, taken from movies such asThe Matrix, Almost Famous, jackass the movie, Chicago, Lord of the Rings, Mystic River, and Traffic . New in this edition: a full section on contemporary special effects and computer generated imagery (CGI); up-to-the-minute information on new developments in film technology; more coverage of recent films and filmmakers; more ethnic diversity (including new material on the Islamic cinema); and more lavish use of color and high-quality paper. An updated Companion Website contains animations, video clips from interviews with movie professionals, and Research Navigator access toNew York Timesfilm reviews.For everyone who wants to understand the artistry and meaning of the movies.

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Book details

List price: $104.40
Edition: 11th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 2/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Preface
Photography: Overview
Realism and Formalism
The Shots
The Angles
Light and Dark
Color
Lenses, Filters, and Stocks
Special Effects
The Cinematographer
Further reading
Mise En Scne: Overview
The Frame
Composition and Design
Territorial Space
Proxemic Patters
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
Spoken Language
Further Reading
Acting: Overview
Stage and Screen Acting
The American Star System
Styles of Acting
Casting
Further Reading
Drama: Overview
Time, Space, Language
The Director
Settings and DFcor
Costumes and Makeup
Further Reading
Story: Overview
Narration
The Spectator
The Classical Paradigm
Realistic Narratives
Formalist Narratives
Nonfiction 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
Queer Cinema
Tone
Further Reading
Critique: Overview
Theories of Realism
Formalist Film Theories
The Auteur Theory
Eclectic and Synthesizing Approaches
Structuralism and Semiology
Historiography
Further Reading
Synthesis: Citizen Kane: Overview
Photography
Mise en ScTne
Movement
Editing
Sound
Acting
Drama
Story
Writing
Ideology
Critique
Further Reading
Glossary
Index
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