Seeing a film is only half the fun. The real joy comes from arguing about it afterwards in the pub or on the journey home. But have you ever felt you needed to know a little more? This book offers a concise introduction to the appreciation and study of film.
This second edition begins with an examination of early film theory before analysing how films are put together: framing, performance, setting, costume and editing. It then explores a number of approaches taken to film over the last half century: the auteur theory, structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and queer theory, with a new chapter on Marxism.
There are also overviews on stars, genres, national cinemas, and film movements from around the world. With this book in your pocket, you can gasp as directors break the 30-degree rule, marvel as Oedipus complexes are resolved, shudder as you become aware of your own voyeurism, and tell your metteur en scène from your mise en scène. Going to the cinema may never be the same again...
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There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin
The narrator takes a look at Semiotics/Structuralism in film, Female and Gay directors, Production, Publicity and Consumption, the nature of National cinema and analyzes Genres in brief. The list is not complete, of course. I've learnt a lot.
"An excellent aid to my studies"
I found this book to be invaluable when I started part time film studies. It is a serious introduction to the subject, easy to understand and helped very much to improve my knowledge and enjoyment of the subject.
A really interesting synopsis of film history and how film was influenced and used.
The narration was very, very good. He used accents very well and brought the book to life.
I recommend this audio book to anyone who enjoys talking about film, especially those in film school.
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