How to Read a Film The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia - Language, History, Theory

ISBN-10: 019503869X

ISBN-13: 9780195038699

Edition: 3rd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: James Monaco

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Few books on film have met with such critical acclaim as How to Read a Film. Since its original publication in 1977, this hugely popular book has become the definitive source on film and media. Now, James Monaco offers a completely revised and rewritten third edition that brings every major aspect of this dynamic medium right up to the present day. Looking at film from many vantage points, Monaco discusses the elements necessary to understand how a film conveys its meaning, and, more importantly, how the audience can best discern all that a film is attempting to communicate. He begins by setting movies in the context of the more traditional arts such as the novel, painting, photography, theater -- even music-- demonstrating that film as a narrative technique is directly comparable to these older mediums. He points out that much of what we see and experience in film can be traced directly back to other art forms. Accordingly, as film is a technology as well as an art, he examines the intriguing science of cinema and follows the development of the electronic media and its parallel growth with film during this century. A new chapter on multimedia brings media criticism into the late 1990s with a thorough discussion of such topics as virtual reality and cyberspace and their relationship to film. Monaco goes on to show how film operates as a language, describing the various techniques and concepts responsible for the often visceral reactions that only film can elicit. Lavishly illustrated with over 350 halftones and seventy-four original diagrams, as well as discussions on the development of the art of movies and the major theoretical developments of the last seventy-five years, How to Read a Film is an exciting and definitive behind the scenes look at the complex world of film.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134

Film as an Art
The Nature of Art
The Spectrum of Art: Modes of Discourse
Film, Recording, and the Other Arts
Film, Photography, and Painting
Film and the Novel
Film and Theater
Film and Music
Film and the Environmental Arts
The Structure of Art
Technology: Image and Sound
Art and Technology
Image Technology
Sound Technology
The Lens
The Camera
The Filmstock
Negatives, Prints, and Generations
Aspect Ratio
Grain Gauge, and Speed
Contrast, Tone, and Color
The Soundtrack
Mixing and Looping
Special Effects
Opticals and the Laboratory
The Uses of Video
The Language of Film: Signs and Syntax
The Physiology of Perception
Denotative and Connotative Meaning: Reading the Image
Mise en Scene (The Framed Image)
The Diachronic Shot
Reading the Narrative
The Shape of Film History
""The Movies"": Economics
The Birthe of Film
The Silent Business
The Studios
Film versus Television
the Conglomerates and Independents
""The Film"": Politics
Ontological Level
Mimetic Level
Inherent Level
""The Cinema"": Esthetics
Creating an Art
Lumiere versus Melies
The Silent Feature: Realism versus Expressionism
Hollywood: Genre versus Auteur
Neorealism and After: Hollywood versus the World
The New Wave and the Third World: Entertainment versus Communication (The New Wave
Avant Gard, Direct Cinema and Cinema Verite
Eastern Europe
The Third World
Japan and Asia
New French Cinema
Das Neue Kino
Swiss Cinema
American Film Now)
The Eighties and Beyond: Democracy and Technology: End of Cinema
Film Theory: Form and Function
The Poet and the Philosopher: Lindsay and Munsterberg
Expressionism and Realism: Arnheim and Kracauer
Montage: Pudovkin, Eisenstein, Balazs, and Formalism
Mise en Scene: Neorealism, Bazin, and Godard
Film Speaks and Acts: Metz and Contemporary Theory
Print and Electronic Media
The Technology of Mechanical Electronic Media
Radio and Records
Television and Video
A Concluding Note: Media Democracy
A Standard Glossary for Film and Media Criticism
Reading about Film and Media
A Basic Library
Film and Media: A Chronology
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