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Becoming Film Literate The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures

ISBN-10: 0275981444

ISBN-13: 9780275981440

Edition: 2005

Authors: Vincent LoBrutto, Jan Harlan

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Though movies have remained our foremost cultural pastime for over 100 years, many of us still know very little about the tools used to create them. In this groundbreaking new book, Vincent LoBrutto provides an enjoyable and accessible education in the art of cinema: using 50 landmark films spanning the history of the medium, LoBrutto illustrates such important concepts as editing, production design, cinematography, sound, screen acting, narrative structure, and various genres, nationalities, and film eras. Each concept is illustrated by the selection of a film that epitomizes its use, so that readers will learn about film authorship in Citizen Kane, multiplot narrative in Nashville, widescreen filmmaking in Rebel without a Cause, and screen violence in The Wild Bunch. Providing a unique opportunity to become acquainted with important movies and the elements of their greatness, Becoming Film Literate offers a crash course in cinema, one designed to give even the novice reader a solid introduction to this complex and multifaceted medium.
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 3/30/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 404
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Vincent LoBrutto is an instructor of motion picture editing and film studies for the School of Visual Arts Department of Film, Video, and Animation. He has worked as a film editor for Fox and HBO and as a postproduction coordinator for the ABC television network. He is editor of and a contributing writer to CinemaEditor magazine. A special member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE), he also contributes to Cineaste and Film Quarterly. LoBrutto is the author of several books on lmmakers and lmmaking, including The Filmmaker's Guide to Production Design and The Art of Motion Picture Editing (Allworth Press). He lives in Mount Vernon, New York.

Jan Harlan was Executive Producer on a number of Kubrick films, including A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Barry Lyndon.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Non-Linear Storytelling
Amores Perros Transformation of the American Comedy
Annie Hall Tableau Narrative Structure and Sound Design
Apocalypse Now The Body as Cinematic Landscape
L'Avventura Editing
Russian Montage
The Battleship Potemkin Italian Neorealism
The Bicycle Thief Production Design
Blade Runner Dream State
Blue Velvet The Period Film as Mirror for the Present
Bonnie and Clyde Expressionism in Cinema
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Classical Hollywood Film Style
Cassablanca Surrealism in Cinema
Un Chien Andalou The Authorial Voice
Citizen Kane Shot Structure
The Crowd Thematic Unity
The Decalogue Mythopoetic Film
Dog Star Man Political Objectives through Cinematic Storytelling
Do the Right Thing Film Noir
Double Idemnity The Personal Film
8 1/2 Animation and Music
Fantasia An American Musical
42nd Street New York Filmmaking
The French Connection Period Comedy
The General Parallel Storytelling
Intolerance French New Wave
Jules and Jim The Epic
Lawrence of Arabia The Political Thriller
The Manchurian Candidate Self-Referential Cinema
Man with the Movie Camera Architecture in Production Design
Metropolis Roots of Documentary Film
Nanook of the North Multiplot, Multicharacter Narrative
Nashville Method Acting
On the Waterfront The Close Up
The Passion of Joan of Arc Dark Side of American Cinema
Psycho Subtext in Personal Expression
Raging Bull Multiple Point-of-View Narrative
Rashomon Widescreen Filmmaking
Rebel without a Cause Camera Movement as Metaphor
LaRonde Mise-en-Scene
Rules of the Game Direct Cinema
Salesman The Freudian Western
The Searchers Defining Theme, Metaphor, and Character through Color, Texture, and Environmental Design
Se7en Symbolism in the Cinema
The Seventh Seal Art of the B-Movie
Shock Corridor Digital Filmmaking
Star Wars
Episode II
Attack of the Clones Birth of a Nonfiction Film Style
The Thin Blue Line Experimental Narrative: 2001
A Space Odyssey The Essay Film
Weekend Screen Violence as Metaphor
The Wild Bunch Independent Filmmaking
A Woman Under the Influence
Glossary
Bibliography
Index