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For undergraduate courses in Introduction to Film, Introduction to Cinema, and Film Appreciation. Updated in a new 12th edition, this book is organized around the elements of film and provides readers valuable insight into how movies communicate and convey meaning to their audiences through a unique network of language systems and techniques
In a readable, accessible, and sometimes humorous manner, this book engages readers in the fascinating language of film and helps further their appreciation and understanding of why and how movie watchers respond as they do to different films.
From Slumdog Millionaire to Transformers, this book provides readers with a new way of looking at films that are familiar to them through contemporary coverage .Organized around elements of film, the Twelfth Edition of this market leading text provides students with a new way of looking at films that are familiar to them through contemporary coverage and a visually engaging presentation.
“Understanding Movies is the best text that I have found which covers the essentials of filmmaking in a logical sequence, comprehensively, using a writing style that will delight the most discriminating reader. “-Janine Adkins, Rio Solado College
Louis Giannetti is a Professor Emeritus of English and Film at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He has taught courses in film, literature, writing, drama, and humanities. He has published many articles, both popular and scholarly, on political subjects, literature, and drama. In addition to being a professional film critic for several years, he has written about movies for such scholarly journals as Literature/Film Quarterly, The Western Humanities Review, and Film Criticism. Professor Giannetti is also the author of a book on cinema theory, GODARD AND OTHERS: Essays on Film Form, published in both Britain and the Unites States. Giannetti’s other books include MASTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA ( Prentice Hall, 1981), a survey of American fiction films from the perspective of eighteen key figures. FLASHBACK: A Brief History of Film, Sixth Edition (Allyn & Bacon, 2010), written with Scott Eyman, is a history organized by decade outlining the major events, trends, and important filmmakers and their work, with emphasis on the American cinema. Both books are copiously illustrated. UNDERSTANDING MOVIES has been a bestselling text in all its previous editions, widely used in the United States and in such countries as Australia, Britain, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Japan.
Table of Contents
1. PHOTOGRAPHY: Overview.
Realism and Formalism.
Light and Dark.
Lenses, Filters, and Stocks.
2. MISE EN SCÈNE: Overview.
Composition and Design.
Open and Closed Forms.
3. MOVEMENT: Overview.
The Moving Camera.
Mechanical Distortions of Movement.
4. EDITING: Overview.
D.W. Griffith and Classical Cutting.
Soviet Montage and the Formalist Tradition.
Andre Bazin and the Tradition of Realism.
Hitchcock’s North by Northwest:
5. SOUND: Overview.
6. ACTING: Overview.
Stage and Screen Acting.
The American Star System.
Styles of Acting. Casting.
7. DRAMA: Overview.
Time, Space, Language.
Settings and Décor.
Costumes and Makeup.
8. STORY: Overview.
The Classical Paradigm.
Genre and Myth.
9. WRITING. Overview.
North by Northwest: Reading Version.
Point of View.
10. IDEOLOGY: Overview.
Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity.
11. CRITIQUE: Overview.
Theories of Realism.
Formalist Film Theories.
The Auteur Theory.
Eclectic and Synthesizing Approaches.
Structuralism and Semiology.
12. SYNTHESIS: CITIZEN KANE: Overview.
Mise en Scène.