Why does the cinema have the power to move the heart, stimulate the mind, and dazzle the imagination? How did the art of film develop from its origins to the present day?
This course covers the history and aesthetics of the movies. It traces the experiments and innovations that gave rise to the modern cinema, developing a vocabulary that helps explain the variety of choices filmmakers make when they construct shots and edit them together.
In each lecture, Professor Raphael Shargel introduces a period of film history, talks about its importance, covers aspects of cinematic technique, and illustrates his points by analyzing specific movies from the era under discussion. The course thus has both breadth and depth, covering the major movements in film history while at the same time focusing on key pictures worthy of study and enjoyment.
©2008 Raphael Shargel (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
Every other review mentions the normal noises the narrator makes and it just isn't as big a deal as everybody else is making it to be. Listening to the book is a perfectly fine experience; the content is superb if you're interested in the history of cinema.
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
Mr. Shargel is a passionate and charismatic lecturer, compelling to listen to. But he's a hard swallower, I must admit. But anyway, if you're interested in film studies, don't hesitate to buy it.
I picked up this book to compliment a college course i'm taking called "Movies and Meaning". I was hoping that it would help explain some of the terms of the art and history of film such as lighting and camera perspective along with film noir and auter in yet another way to help reinforce the classroom learning.
What I got instead was a film critic review of films through different time periods. Despite having a title and subject that is for beginners, the terms that the author did use were not explained before use and assumed a level of knowledge before listening.
The author made comments about the films subject matter based on his understanding of the film industry at the time and not the films subject matter. He butchered the review of INDIANA JONES and STAR WARS to the point where it seems that his review was based on a poorly written article about the films. If he was actually talking about the art and history of films where he focused on the making of the movies and the film industry at the time, then maybe. Instead, he was actually reviewing the film subject matter like a film critic.
The information, really. The narrator seemed to be passionate about the material.
A lot of information presented with excitement in a digestible way.
Only if he can get a handle on his mouth noises. Or an editor cut them out.
Between the narrator and whoever produced or quality checked the audio, someone should have said something about the mouth noises and swallowing. Obnoxious and really distracting, which is a shame because the information and passion is there.
I agree with all previous reviews, the lecture is pretty interesting, especially if you are a beginner in this topic, BUT these noises, it is SO annoying, he doesn't even shot the mike to take a sip of water... egh.. sounds disgusting (despite the fact that he has very pleasing sound voice)
This is great info, and I am learning a lot. But, I have a real pet peeve about mouth noises (saliva or lack thereof), swallowing. The microphone picks up everything and well, it's a little gross, to be honest. Like I said, he's great, but the noises and swallowing are getting in the way of my total enjoyment. It could be remedied with hydration or pulling away from the mic when he pauses to swallow.
Great author and book, but if you're listening whith an ipod and you find drinking, cotten mouth and swalling offensive, you're going to have a hard time. How could such a good book receive such a poor recording?
Rabbi Steve the Storyteller
I think this audio program gets a very bad rap. It's not a book, it's a little course or series of lectures. And as such, it's well recorded, very easy to understand, interesting, and well worth your time if you're interested in the subject.
All of the reviews pointing out the mouth noises, etc. as being "too distracting" or taking stars off because of that, either have ever heard recordings of lectures but how much were found on this, or expecting a professional reader reading a book.
This is not that. it's a very interesting course, put together, and read by the professor himself. It serves it's purpose well, and if you find the subject interesting, you will not have a problem with the so-called "mouth noises" or whatever.
Highly recommended for aficionados, fans, students of film and filmmakers
This book delivers what it advertises. It serves as a great history of film and is presented by a very intelligent lecturer who offers great insight into each film as well as show how it contributes to each period of film. However, the presentation has one fatal flaw: the lecturer continuously hard-swallows right into the microphone. This becomes so distracting, that it is hard to pay attention to the lectures after a while. Perhaps hire a professional voice man next time, or a least some recording etiquette training for the lecturer.
Professor Shargel delivery is passionate and joyous. Unfortunately, halfway through, this scholar lost me. As he presents "Casablanca" and "Now, Voyager", he mentions the name of Jerry's daughter in the latter as "June". JUNE!? Any self-respecting fan of "Now, Voyager" knows the girl's name was Tina!!! June was the name of Charlotte's niece (portrayed by Bonita Granville), not Jerry Durrance's daughter!
"Pace, Passion... and Gulping"
Recommended for its energy and enthusiasm - this is an enthralling gallop through the history of cinema.
The focus is on Prof. Shargel's taste for the Art within film-making so it is personal and subjective. His contempt for vacuous Hollywood action movies is evident! But his exploration is never showy or high-minded, grounded as it is, in the speakers humility, his authentic love of film and its power to touch the human soul. The theme of each illuminating lecture (14 in all) is well chosen and leads naturally into the next.
One minor complaint; Shargel seems to suffer from an excess of saliva production - his delivery is peppered with squelchy gulps which slightly grossed me out! Once over this however, I was riveted for the duration - even by areas which I feared may be dull.
Left me feeling inspired to re-watch some classics and seek out some hitherto unknown films. Great stuff.
"Very interesting.. highly recomended.."
Interesting and catching attention interpretation of films. Listening to the lectures has changed they way I will look and think about films. I bought few audiobooks about films and this is definitely the best one, comes with access to on-line resources which is a bonus.
Mr Shargel is very passionate and convincing about films and that makes listening even more interesting (not like some emotionless narrators), great knowledge!
The performance could be improved a bit .. but content is worth listening despite some faults in performance..
Very much recommended for film students and anyone interested in films - you will look at films in a new way after listening to these lectures..
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