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Publisher's Summary

Almost everything you need to know in one essential guide.

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...

©2005 Pocket Essentials; (P)2009 Summersdale Publishers Ltd

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  • ESK
  • Moscow, Russia
  • 07-22-12

Gives an outline of film history

What made the experience of listening to Film Studies the most enjoyable?

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great pronunciation except for Spanish. I have to get the book now. I will go back and list the movies the author recommended.

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  • Geoffrey
  • 11-24-09

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.

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  • James
  • 11-19-09

Like Film?

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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  • Mr B Blackwell
  • 09-05-17

Very informative but could had been presented better

Really enjoyed this but it's could had been longer and improved purely by the narrator talking little slower and switching between certain subjects with taking a breath (like he was just readying for a piece of paper).

Great for anyone getting into film studies!!