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This introduction to film appreciation uses contemporary and popular American movies to help students develop critical skills in the analysis and evaluation of film. By suggesting what to look for and how to look for it, this text challenges students to sharpen their powers of observation, establish habits of perceptive watching, and discover complex aspects of film art that will further enhance their enjoyment of watching films.
This introduction to film appreciation uses examples from contemporary and popular American films to help students sharpen their powers of observation and establish habits of perceptive watching. The fifth edition adds 100 new photos and an expanded discussion of genre films, and reintroduces the chapter on censorship. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
1. Film Analysis 2. Thematic Elements 3. Fictional and Dramatic Elements 4. Visual Design 5. Cinematography 6. Editing and Special Visual Effects 7. Color 8. Sound Effects and Dialogue 9. The Musical Score 10. Acting 11. The Director's Style 12. Analysis of the Whole Film 13. Adaptations 14. Genre Films, Remakes, and Sequels 15. Other Film Experiences 16. Censorship and Other Forces That Shape the American Film Appendix A The Art of Watching Movies on TV Appendix B Writing a Film Analysis At the end of Chp. 2–16 and Appendix A: Questions At the end of Chp. 2–15: Films for Study At the end of Chp. 2-10: Video Exercises Notes Glossary Selected Bibliography and Study Materials Credits Index