Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique / Edition 1

Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique / Edition 1

by Marilyn Fabe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520238915

ISBN-13: 9780520238916

Pub. Date: 08/02/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

How do films work? How do they tell a story? How do they move us and make us think? Through detailed examinations of passages from classic films, Marilyn Fabe supplies the analytic tools and background of film history and theory to enable us to see more in every film we watch. Ranging from D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation to Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and

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How do films work? How do they tell a story? How do they move us and make us think? Through detailed examinations of passages from classic films, Marilyn Fabe supplies the analytic tools and background of film history and theory to enable us to see more in every film we watch. Ranging from D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation to Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and ending with an epilogue on digital media, Closely Watched Films focuses on exemplary works of fourteen film directors whose careers together span the history of the narrative film. Lively and down-to-earth, this concise introduction provides a broad, complete, and yet specific picture of visual narrative techniques that will increase readers' excitement about and knowledge of the possibilities of the film medium. Shot-by-shot analyses of short passages from each film ground theory in concrete examples. Fabe includes original and well-informed discussions of Soviet montage, realism and expressionism in film form, classical and modern sound theory, the classic Hollywood film, Italian neorealism, the French New Wave, auteur theory, modernism and postmodernism in film, political cinema, feminist film theory and practice, and narrative experiments in new digital media. Encompassing almost a century of narrative in cinema, from the earliest silent films to those that exploit the most recent technological innovations, this book gives us the particulars of how film -- arguably the most influential of contemporary forms of representation -- constitutes our pleasure, influences our thoughts, and informs our daily reality.

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ISBN-13:
9780520238916
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/02/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
1The Beginnings of Film Narrative: D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation1
2The Art of Montage: Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin19
3Expressionism and Realism in Film Form: F. W. Murnau's The Last Laugh and Charles Chaplin's The Adventurer37
4The Conversion to Sound and the Classical Hollywood Film: Howard Hawks's His Girl Friday59
5Expressive Realism: Orson Welles's Citizen Kane78
6Italian Neorealism: Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief99
7Auteur Theory and the French New Wave: Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows120
8Hollywood Auteur: Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious135
9The European Art Film: Federico Fellini's 8 1/2152
10Film and Postmodernism: Woody Allen's Annie Hall173
11Political Cinema: Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing191
12Feminism and Film Form: Patricia Rozema's I've Heard the Mermaids Singing207
13Epilogue: Digital Video and New Forms of Narrative in Mike Figgis's Timecode228
Notes243
Glossary259
Bibliography267
Index273

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