Closely Watched Films An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique

ISBN-10: 0520238915

ISBN-13: 9780520238916

Edition: 2004

Authors: Marilyn Fabe

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How do films work? How do they tell a story? How do they move us and make us think? Through detailed examinations of passages from classic films, Marilyn Fabe supplies the analytic tools and background in film history and theory to enable us to see more in every film we watch. Ranging from D. W. Griffith'sThe Birth of a Nationto Spike Lee'sDo the Right Thing,and ending with an epilogue on digital media,Closely Watched Filmsfocuses on exemplary works of fourteen film directors whose careers together span the history of the narrative film. Lively and down-to-earth, this concise introduction provides a broad, complete, and yet specific picture of visual narrative techniques that will increase readers' excitement about and knowledge of the possibilities of the film medium. Shot-by-shot analyses of short passages from each film ground theory in concrete examples. Fabe includes original and well-informed discussions of Soviet montage, realism and expressionism in film form, classical and modern sound theory, the classic Hollywood film, Italian neorealism, the French New Wave, auteur theory, modernism and postmodernism in film, political cinema, feminist film theory and practice, and narrative experiments in new digital media. Encompassing the earliest silent films as well as those that exploit the most recent technological innovations, this book gives us the particulars of how film--arguably the most influential of contemporary forms of representation--constitutes our pleasure, influences our thoughts, and informs our daily reality.
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/2/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 297
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Illustrations
The Beginnings of Film Narrative: D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation
The Art of Montage: Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin
Expressionism and Realism in Film Form: F. W. Murnau's The Last Laugh and Charles Chaplin's The Adventurer
The Conversion to Sound and the Classical Hollywood Film: Howard Hawks's His Girl Friday
Expressive Realism: Orson Welles's Citizen Kane
Italian Neorealism: Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief
Auteur Theory and the French New Wave: Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows
Hollywood Auteur: Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious
The European Art Film: Federico Fellini's 8 1/2
Film and Postmodernism: Woody Allen's Annie Hall
Political Cinema: Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing
Feminism and Film Form: Patricia Rozema's I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
Epilogue: Digital Video and New Forms of Narrative in Mike Figgis's Timecode
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