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A Short Guide to Writing About Film,9780321081148

A Short Guide to Writing About Film

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4th
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9780321081148

ISBN10:
0321081145
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/1/2000
Publisher(s):
Addison-Wesley
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Summary

Doubling an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces students to film terms and the major film theories, enabling them to write more critically. Examples from newer movies provide a fresh list of references for students introduced to film study and writing films. The author presents several approaches to film analysis and writing about film-auteurs, genres, ideology, kinds of formalism, and national cinemas, and introduces students to a range of film terms and film theories. Recent movies are used to fresh examples. Multiple approaches to writing about film as well as theories about film are given. Please enter here.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Writing About The Movies
1(19)
Why Write About Movies?
1(6)
Your Audience And The Aims Of Film Criticism
7(8)
The Movie Review
9(2)
The Theoretical Essay
11(1)
The Critical Essay
12(3)
Opinion and Evaluation
15(4)
Exercises
19(1)
Beginning To Think, Preparing To Watch, And Starting To Write
20(21)
Subject Matter And Meaning
25(1)
Silent Dialogue: Talking Back To The Movies
26(4)
Taking Notes
30(6)
Visual Memory And Reflection
36(4)
Exercises
40(1)
Film Terms And Topics For Film Analysis And Writing
41(52)
Themes
42(3)
Film And The Other Arts
45(10)
Narrative
46(4)
Characters
50(2)
Point of View
52(3)
Mise-En-Scene And Realism
55(11)
Realism
55(3)
Elements of Mise-en-Scene
58(8)
Composition And The Image
66(17)
The Shot
66(8)
The Edited Image
74(9)
Sound
83(5)
Sample Essay
88(4)
Exercises
92(1)
Six Approaches To Writing About Film
93(29)
Film History
94(3)
National Cinemas
97(1)
Generes
98(3)
Auteurs
101(2)
Kinds of Formalism
103(2)
Ideology
105(3)
Sample Essays
108(13)
Exercises
121(1)
Style And Structure In Writing
122(22)
The Right Words
125(4)
Concrete Language
125(1)
Denotation and Connotation
126(1)
Tone
127(1)
Repetitions and Cliches
128(1)
Effective Sentences
129(3)
Economy
129(1)
Varied Sentence Structures
130(2)
Coherent Paragraphs
132(4)
Introductory Paragraphs
136(2)
Concluding Paragraphs
138(2)
Checklist For Writing An Effective Essay
140(3)
Exercises
143(1)
Researching The Movies
144(35)
How to Begin Research
148(2)
The Materials Of Research
150(11)
Primary Sources
151(1)
Video
151(1)
Scripts
152(1)
Secondary Sources: Books, Indexes, Journals, and Electronic Sources
153(8)
Film Research On The Internet
161(4)
Taking Notes On Secondary Sources
165(1)
Writing The Paper
166(3)
Sample Essays
169(9)
Exercises
178(1)
Manuscript Form
179(24)
Manuscript Copy
179(2)
Last-Minute Corrections
181(1)
Quotations
182(4)
Acknowledging Sources
186(3)
Common Knowledge
189(1)
Documenting Sources
189(9)
Notes for Documentation
190(2)
Works Cited
192(5)
Notes Supplying Additional Commentary
197(1)
Common Conventions Of Usage
198(3)
Names
198(1)
Titles
199(1)
Foreign Words and Quotation Marks
200(1)
Sexist Language
200(1)
Spelling
201(1)
Last Words
201(2)
Appendix: Symbols Commonly Used In Marking Papers 203(2)
Glossary of Film Terms 205(6)
Works Cited 211(4)
Credits 215(2)
Index 217


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