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Organized in three parts, the text focuses on the fundamentals of film analysis before moving on to more complex topics. Part I introduces readers to the importance of film analysis and provides strategies for discerning the ways in which films produce meaning. Part II gives readers the tools to enhance their enjoyment and understanding of film by helping them recognize how the various elements of a film-narrative, mise en scene, cinematography, editing, and sound-work together to produce meaning. Part III introduces readers to the theoretical frameworks and contemporary debates about film as a historical, cultural, and economic institution. Individual chapters move beyond textual analysis to consider the relationship between film and society, exploring subjects such as stardom, genre, ideology, and the contemporary film industry.
Special features: Strong emphasis on critical thinking skills and rhetorical strategies for writing about film encourages students to improve their writing and to incorporate film scholarship in their written analysis. Techniques in Practice sections offer analyses discussing how one or two films exhibit the techniques under consideration. Case Study essays and analyses of influential films develop effective writing skills and provide professors with a wide range of examples to use in the class,including post-studio Hollywood films and avant-garde films. Over 450 captivating illustrations including 215 color stills provide students with a vivid introduction to the medium of film.
New to this edition: New full-color presentation highlights the thoroughly updated and illustrated examples of contemporary and classic titles. Updated discussion of the current state of the industry and technological trends provides students with insights into careers in film. Reorganized coverage and updated readings throughout keep students up-to-date on contemporary approaches to film analysis and writing. Expanded coverage of important historical periods (including silent cinema and the French New Wave), and film genres including the musical, film noir, action, and horror.
About the Author:
Maria Pramaggiore is a Professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University
About the Author:
Tom Wallis is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at North Carolina State University