How to Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia - Language, History, Theory / Edition 3

How to Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia - Language, History, Theory / Edition 3

by James Monaco
     
 

How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, Multimedia explores the medium as both art and craft, sensibility and science, tradition and technology. After examining film's close relation to such other narrative media as the novel, painting, photography, television, and even music, Monaco discusses those elements necessary to understand how films convey meaning and, more… See more details below

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How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, Multimedia explores the medium as both art and craft, sensibility and science, tradition and technology. After examining film's close relation to such other narrative media as the novel, painting, photography, television, and even music, Monaco discusses those elements necessary to understand how films convey meaning and, more importantly, how we can best discern all that a film is attempting to communicate." "In a key departure from the book's previous editions, the new and still-evolving digital context of film is now emphasized throughout How to Read a Film. A new chapter on multimedia brings media criticism into the twenty-first century with a thorough discussion of topics like virtual reality, cyberspace, and the proximity of both to film. Monaco has likewise doubled the size and scope of his "Film and Media: A Chronology" appendix. The book also features a new introduction, an expanded bibliography, and hundreds of illustrative black-and-white film stills and diagrams. It is a must for all film students, media buffs, and movie fans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195038699
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction12
Preface to the Second Edition17
1Film as an Art22
2Technology: Image and Sound68
3The Language of Film: Signs and Syntax152
4The Shape of Film History228
5Film Theory: Form and Function388
6Media: In the Middle of Things428
7Multimedia: The Digital Revolution518
App. IFilm and Media: A Chronology570
App. IIReading About Film and Media604
Index644

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