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Overview

This introduction to film appreciation uses both contemporary and classic 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, the 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. In addition it makes the link from literature to film in chapters on Thematic Elements, Fictional and Dramatic Elements and a unique chapter on Adaptions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073310282
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Art of Watching Films


The Uniqueness of Film



The Challenges of Film Analysis



The Value of Film Analysis



Becoming a Receptive Viewer



The Film - Viewing Environment



Preparing to See a Film



Deepening Our Responses to Films



Questions for Analyzing Your Responses to a Film

2. Thematic Elements


Theme and Focus



Focus on Plot

Focus on Emotional Effect or Mood


Focus on Character


Focus on Style or Texture or Structure


Focus on Ideas


Identifying the Theme



Evaluating the Theme



Questions for Analyzing Theme


Video Exercises


Films for Study


3. Fictional and Dramatic Elements


Film Analysis and Literary Analysis



The Elements of a Good Story



A Good Story Is Unified in Plot


A Good Story Is Credible


A Good Story Is Interesting


A Good Story Is Both Simple and Complex


A Good Story Handles Emotional Material with Restraint


The Significance of the Title



Dramatic Structure



Linear, or Chronological, Structure


Nonlinear Structures


Endings: Fine-Tuning the Dénouement


Conflict

Characterization



Characterization through Appearance


Characterization through Dialogue


Characterization through External Action


Characterization through Internal Action


Characterization through Reactions of Other Characters


Characterization through Contrast: Dramatic Foils


Characterization through Caricature and Leitmotif


Characterization through Choice of Name


Varieties of Characters


Allegory



Symbolism



Universal and Natural Symbols


Creating Symbolic Meanings


Symbolic Patterns and Progressions


Symbolic Values in Conflict


Metaphors


Overreading Symbolism


Irony



Dramatic Irony


Irony of Situation


Irony of Character


Irony of Setting


Irony of Tone


Cosmic Irony


Questions for Analyzing Fictional and Dramatic Elements

Video Exercises

Mini-Movie Exercise

DVD Filmmaking Extras

Films for Study

4. Visual Design


Color Versus Black and White



Screen Format (Aspect Ratio)



Film Stock



Production Design/Art Direction



The Script: The Starting Point


Setting and Its Effects


Studio Versus Location Shooting


Period Pieces


Living Spaces and Offices


Fantasy Worlds


Costume and Makeup Design



Lighting



The Budget’s Effect on the Film’s Look



Questions for Analyzing Visual Design

Video Exercises

Mini-Movie Exercise

DVD Filmmaking Extras

Films for Study

5. Cinematography


The Importance of the Visual Image



The Cinematic Film



Cinematic Points of View



Objective Point of View


Subjective Point of View


Indirect-Subjective Point of View


Director’s Interpretive Point of View


Elements of Cinematic Composition



Focusing Attention on the Most Significant Object


Keeping the Image in Motion


Creating an Illusion of Depth


Specialized Cinematic Effects



Handheld Camera


Camera Angles


Color, Diffusion, and Soft Focus


Special Lenses


Fast Motion


Special Lighting Effects


Movie Magic: Visual Effects in the Modern Film



The FX of Animated Feature Films…Especially for Adults



FLASHBACK: Animation Becomes the Main Event



Questions for Analyzing Cinematography and Special


Visual Effects


Video Exercises


Mini-Movie Exercise: Cinematography


Mini-Movie Exercise: Animated FX


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


6. Editing and Special Visual Effects


FLASHBACK: Saving the Movies: What Film Editors Have Always Done



Selectivity



Coherence, Continuity, and Rhythm



Transitions



Rhythms, Tempo, and Time Control



Expansion and Compression of Time



Slow Motion



The Freeze Frame, the Thawed Frame, and Stills



Creative Juxtaposition: Montage



Questions for Analyzing Editing


Video Exercises


Mini-Movie Exercise I


Mini-Movie Exercise II


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


7. Color


FLASHBACK: Discovering Color at the Movies



Color in the Modern Film



Effects of Color on the Viewer


Color as a Transitional Device


Expressionistic Use of Color


Color as Symbol


Surrealistic Use of Color


Leitmotifs in Color


Color to Enhance Mood


Comic Book Color


Comic Strip Color


Painterly Effects in Color


Ironic Use of Color


Special Color Effects


Color versus Black and White



Questions for Analyzing Color


Video Exercises


Mini-Movie Exercise


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


8. Sound Effects and Dialogue


Sound and the Modern Film



Dialogue



Three-Dimensionality in Sound



Visible and Invisible Sound



Points of View in Sound



Special Uses of Sound Effects and Dialogue



Sound Effects to Tell an Inner Story


Distortion of Sound to Suggest Subjective States


The "Personality" of Mechanical Sounds


Slow-Motion Sound


Ironic Juxtaposition of Sound and Image


Placing Unusual Emphasis on Sound


Using Sound for Texture, Time, and Temperature


Sound as a Plot Device



Sound as a Transitional Element



Voice-Over Narration



Silence as a Sound Effect



Rhythmic Qualities of Dialogue and Sound Effects



The "Sounds" of Foreign Language of International Films



Voice Dubbing


FLASHBACK: Dubious Dubbing

Subtitles

Questions for Analyzing Sound Effects and Dialogue


Video Exercises


Mini-Movie Exercise


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


9. The Musical Score


The Remarkable Affinity of Music and Film



The Importance of the Musical Score



General Functions of the Musical Score



Special Functions of the Musical Score



Heightening the Dramatic Effect of Dialogue


Telling an Inner Story


Providing a Sense of Time and Place


Foreshadowing Events or Building Dramatic Tension


Adding Levels of Meaning to the Visual Image


Characterization through Music


Triggering Conditioned Responses


Traveling Music


Providing Important Transitions


Setting an Initial Tone


Musical Sounds as Part of the Score


Music as Interior Monologue


Music as a Base for Choreographed Action


Covering Possible Weaknesses in the Film


Synthesizer Scoring



Balancing the Score



Questions for Analyzing the Musical Score


Video Exercises


Mini-Movie Exercise


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


10. Acting


The Importance of Acting



The Goal of the Actor



Becoming the Character



Differences Between Film Acting and Stage Acting



FLASHBACK: Silent Films: Acting on the Past



Types of Actors



Impersonators


Interpreters and Commentators


Personality Actors


The Star System



Casting



Casting Problems


The Typecasting Trap


Supporting Players


Special Casting Challenges


Extras and Small Parts


Actors as Creative Contributors



Subjective Responses to Actors



Questions for Analyzing Acting


Video Exercises


Mini-Movie Exercise I


Mini-Movie Exercise II


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


11. The Director’s Style


The Concept of Style



Subject Matter



Cinematography



Editing



Setting and Set Design



Sound and Score



Casting and Acting Performances



Screenplays and Narrative Structure



Evolving Styles and Flexibility



Special Edition: The Director’s Cut



A Portfolio of Four Directors



Questions About Analyzing a Director’s Style


Mini-Movie Exercise


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


12. Analysis of the Whole Film


The Basic Approach: Watching, Analyzing, and Evaluating the Film



Theme


The Relationship of the Parts to the Whole


The Film’s Level of Ambition


Objective Evaluation of the Film


Subjective Evaluation of the Film


The Film as Technical Achievement


The Film as Showcase for the Actor: The Personality Cult


The Film as Product of a Single Creative Mind: The Auteur Approach


The Film as Moral, Philosophical, or Social Statement


The Film as Emotional or Sensual Experience


The Film as Repeated Form: The Genre Approach


The Film as Political Statement


The Film as Gender Statement


The Film as Insight to the Mind: The Psychoanalytical Approach


The Eclectic Approach


Rereading the Reviews



Evaluating the Reviewer



Developing Personal Criteria



Questions About Analyzing the Whole Film


Mini-Movie Exercise I


Mini-Movie Exercise II


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


13. Adaptations


The Problems of Adaptation



Change in Medium


Change in Creative Artists


Cinematic Potential of the Original Work


Adaptations of Prose Fiction



Literary Versus Cinematic Points of View


Third-Person Point of View: Challenges


First-Person Point of View: Challenges


The Problem of Length and Depth


Philosophical Reflections


Summarizing a Character’s Past


The Challenge of Summarizing Events


Literary Past Tense Versus Cinematic Present Tense


Other Factors Influencing Adaptations of Fiction


Adaptations of Plays



Structural Divisions


Sense of Space


Film Language Versus Stage Language


Stage Conventions Versus Cinema Conventions


Other Changes


From Fact to Film: Reality to Myth



Questions for Analyzing Adaptations


Mini-Movie Exercise


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


14. Genre Films, Remakes, and Sequels


Genre Films



Values


The Strengths of Genre Films


Basic Genre Conventions--and Their Variations


Remakes and Sequels



Remakes


Sequels


Questions for Analyzing Genre Films, Remakes, and Sequels


Mini-Movie Exercise


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


15. Film and Society


Film Foreignness



Does American Film Shape or Reflect Social and Cultural Values?



The Motion Picture Production Code, 1930-1960



Excerpts From the Motion Picture Production Code


Censorship in Transition, 1948-1968



The MPAA Rating System



Motion Picture Association of America Voluntary Movie Rating System


Censorship and Films on Television



Beyond the Code and Rating System



Changing Formulas for the Treatment of Sex, Violence, and Language



Social Problem Films



FLASHBACK: Really Reel Life



Questions for Analyzing Films in Society


Mini-Movie Exercise


DVD Filmmaking Extras


Films for Study


Notes


Glossary


Index



Credits


Online Appendix: Writing a Film Analysis - http://www.mhhe.com/awf7


Sample Student Paper 1: Analysis of a Complete Film

(John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath)



Sample Student Paper 2: Analysis of Selected Film Elements

(Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver)

Sample Student Paper 3: Analysis for Study

(Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence)

Selected Bibliography and Study Materials



Reference



Film History and Culture



Silent Film



Directors



Film Types and Topics



Specific Films



Collections of Reviews, Essays, and Interviews



Film Aesthetics and Theory

Film Periodicals



Multimedia Sources



Internet Sites



DVD/Videocassette Sources via Mail

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