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Anatomy of Filmprovides a solid foundation of film fundamentals while offering rich examples from the past and present. Designed to be used in film-as-literature or introduction to film courses in English, film, or communication departments,Anatomy of Filmcovers all of the essential elements of film from genre, lighting, and editing to music, sound, and narration and its student-friendly approach makes it ideal for those new to the discipline. Along with a strong focus on genre, this text also features a chapter devoted to the connection between film and literature. Ultimately, this comprehensive text demonstrates a genuine enthusiasm for the medium while exploring both the humanistic and analytical aspects of film criticism.
Bernard F. Dick is Professor of Communication and English in the School of Art and Media Studies at Farleigh Dickinson University’s Teaneck, New Jersey campus. He is the author of a number of books on film including The Star-Spangled Screen: The American World War II Film, Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood, and most recently, Hal Wallis, Producer to the Stars.
Table of Contents
1. UNDERSTANDING THE MEDIUM Film as a Hybrid Art The Creation of the Narrative Film The Diversity of the Medium Examining a Film Text 2. GRAPHICS AND SOUND Graphics Sound 3 FILM, SPACE, AND MISE-EN-SCÈNE The Shot Combining Shots: The Sequence From Shot to Shot Assembling the Shots Mise-en-scène 4. ENHANCING THE IMAGE: COLOR, LIGHTING, AND VISUAL EFFECTS Coloring the Image Lighting the Image Special Effects/Visual Effects (SFX, VFX) 5. FILM GENRES The Musical The Western The Crime Film Film Noir The Combat Film Comedies The Reflexive Film The Woman’s Film Documentary The Horror Film Science-Fiction Understanding Genre 6. FILM SUBTEXT Mythic Associations Visual/Iconic Associations Intellectual Associations Musical Associations 7. THE FILM DIRECTOR Auteurism Collaboration Variety Repetition Quotations Borrowings An Interview with Billy Wilder An Interview with Alan Alda 8. FILM AND LITERATURE The Flashback The Flashforward Point of View Film Adaptation The Nature of Screenwriting 9. FILM ANALYSIS Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980) The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998) A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2001) 10. FILM THEORY AND CRITICISM The History of Film Criticism Practical Criticism Guidelines for Film Criticism APPENDIX I: Films Discussed and Directors APPENDIX II: Sample Student Papers APPENDIX III: Video and DVD Rental and Purchase Sources and Web Sites GLOSSARY OF MOTION PICTUTE TERMS INDEX