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Book Title: Understanding Movies|
The author of the book: Louis D. Giannetti
Edition: Prentice Hall
The size of the: 854 KB
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Date of issue: February 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9780132336994
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Reader ratings: 7.2
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This was the first textbook I ever had for a film class. Intro to Film, I believe. And, since it's been a while, I decided to go back and read it from start to finish (instead of piecemeal like you normally do with college textbooks). It was a nice overall view of the art of movie making.
The book is divided into sections, each one building on the last and focusing on one specific feature of movies. The sections are Photography, Mise en Scene, Movement, Editing, Sound, Acting, Drama, Story, Writing, Ideology, and Theory. Each chapter is loaded with screen shots of movies that provide examples of what the author is talking about. There are also some storyboards from specific film scenes used to give the reader a better understanding of how films are made.
The final chapter, Synthesis, is an in-depth analysis of Citizen Kane from the perspective of each of the above sections. Since I was planning to watch Kane again for another movie list, I decided to time my viewing with the reading of this last chapter so it was fresh in my mind.
This book is definitely a good introductory read on the style and substance of film. Examples of both good and bad movies are used with explanations as to why some things work in a film, yet others don't.
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Read information about the authorLouis D. 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 Goddard and Others: Essays on Film Form, published in both Britain and the United States and 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 that outlines major events, trends, and important filmmakers and their work, with emphasis on the American cinema. Understanding Movies has been a best-selling 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. Dr. Giannetti is the father of two daughters, Christina and Francesca. He lives in Shaker Heights, where he spends an inordinate amount of time tending his Japanese-style garden, to make sure it keeps that natural look.
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