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From the Publisher"This text beautifully balances the needs for both breadth and clarity in an introductory Cinema Studies textbook. Students are introduced to the fundamental terms and concepts that will enable them to continue their study of the movies without being overwhelmed by information. The author understands the pedagogical and cognitive concept of scaffolding: an introductory course or textbook represents a foundation to build on, a starting point rather a final destination. Clarity and comprehension are key features of the text, and this textbook is both usefully organized and beautifully written or This is a coherent, focused, and pedagogically well-informed introductory textbook. It nicely balances the need for both breadth and intensity. It provides students with a comprehensive overview that won't overwhelm them. The illustrations are beautifully chosen."
"This is simply the most up-to-date and informative textbook in the field that I'm aware of, all presented in a manner that is likely to appeal to the contemporary student. ... This is an approachable and concise work and I am highly impressed with the organization and tools that have been included."
"A thorough yet clear guide to film technique applicable to introduction courses and useful as a resource in other courses. This is the kind of book that students won't sell back at the end of their intro course."