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Overview

Making Sense of Movies is a film appreciation text that focuses on the Hollywood style of moviemaking to examine the aesthetic, historical, and theoretical aspects of film studies. The text focuses on a limited number of significant movies to provide greater depth of knowledge and understanding, gradually expanding the number of films with each chapter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072397659
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/22/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 18.60 (w) x 23.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

PART 1 MOVIEMAKING

Chapter 1 THE PRE-PRODUCTION PHASE

The Producer’s Role

Project Development

Screenwriting

Three-Act Structure

Screenplay as Energy Source

Multiple Contributors

Writers Struggle for Recognition

The Director’s Domain

Directing in the Studio System

Director as Auteur

Casting Actors

Makeup and Hairstyling

Costume Design

[BOX] ELEMENTS OF MISE-EN-SCENE

Production Design

Shooting Sites

Preparations for Filming

Director of Photography

Other Support Personnel

Chapter 2 PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY

Tools of Moviemaking

Film Stock

Gauge

Speed

Color

Lighting Sources

Spots and Floods

Three-Point Lighting

Creating with Light and Dark

Noir Lighting

[BOX] SHADOWS IN OUT OF THE PAST

Color and Light

Shooting Strategies

Framing the Image

Camera Movement

Camera Angles

Camera Setups

Cut to the Close

Chapter 3 THE POST-PRODUCTION PHASE

The Editing Process

The Kuleshov Effect

Effacing Editing Within Scenes

Other Techniques of Continuity Editing

Reverse-Angle Cutting

Linking Separate Scenes

Parallel Editing

Visual Effects

Animated Models

Projection Systems

Scaled-Downed Sets

Digital Dazzle

Sound Editing

Dialogue and Voiceover Narration

[BOX] VOICEOVER IN DOUBLE INDEMNITY

Ambient Noise

Musical Score

Assembling

The Way of Frescos
PART 2 CONTEXTS

Chapter 4 THE SPEECHLESS ERA

Technical Antecedents

Recording Motion

Leisure Time Entertainment

Early Efforts at Moviemaking

A New Cinematic Mode Emerges

From Peep-Shows to Nickelodeons

Patents Disputes

The Movie Moguls

Picture Palaces

[BOX] RACIAL SEGREGATION AT THE MOVIES

Hollywood, The Movie Capital

Stars As Box-Office Attractions

The Allure of Stardom

United Artists

Movies in Wartime

Worldwide Distribution

The Griffith Legacy

Russian Montage

German Influences

Consolidation

European Exodus

Chapter 5 THE STUDIO ERA

Arrival of Talkies

Investing in Sound

Stylistic Setbacks

Silent Stars Fall

Female Filmmakers Fade Away

Women Writers Adversely Affected

Scribes from the East

[BOX] NON-FICTION FILM

The New Studio Order

Supervisory Structure

Production Units

The Development of Guilds

[BOX] CITIZEN KANE WRITING CREDITS DISPUTE

Anti-Trust Action

Prelude to World War II

Hollywood Goes to War

Propaganda Shorts

Disney’s Image Arsenal

Features Depicting the Enemy

Series Characters Join the Battle

Noble Wartime Allies

Motion Picture Bureau

End of an Era

Chapter 6 The ELECTRONIC ERA

The Decline of Urban Theatres

Shift to Suburbia

Drive-In Theatres

Targeting Teenagers

Turning to Old Technologies

The 3-D Craze

Wide-Screen Formats

Small Screen Production

[BOX] ANTHOLOGY TELEVISION DRAMA

Old Movies Renewed

Rise of Independent Production

Studio Structure Collapses

Star Power Prevails

Hollywood and the Cold War

Congress Investigates Hollywood

Congressional Hearings Resume

Careers Destroyed

Blacklisting Spreads to Television

Wounds Still Linger

Corporate Upheaval

The New Hollywood

Directorial Diversity

New Exhibition Outlets

Hollywood in the Home

Altering Aspect Ratios

Movies in Cyberspace

[BOX] TELEVISION NEWS HOLLYWOOD STYLE

Future Directions
PART 3 CONTENTS

Chapter 7 GENRES AND DESIGNS

Generic Categories

Hybrid Aspects of Mildred Pierce

The Western Genre

Frontier Protagonists

[BOX] WESTERN AS MYTH

Disguised Westerns

Familiar Elements in Schindler’s List

Recurrent Design Patterns

Dramatic Conflict

Irreconcilable Contradictions

Interrogatory Patterns

Causal Connections

The Detective Genre

Thematic Tendencies

Thematic Structure of It’s A Wonderful Life

The Family Man’s Linchpin

Story/Plot Distinctions

Incomplete Closure

Chapter 8 CHARACTERS AND STEREOTYPES

Character Constructions

Central Characters

Supporting Characters

Odd or Curious Traits

Unconventional Protagonists

Creating Characters

Elements Beyond the Actor’s Control

Interplay Between Actor and Character

Actors’ Personae

[BOX] METHOD ACTING

Screen Stereotypes

Female Stereotypes in Movies

The Bond Barometer

Cinematic Femme Fatales

[BOX] THE CAMERA’S GAZE

Sexual Power in The Last Seduction

Minorities in Movies

Stereotyping Asians and Asian Americans

Asexual Oriental Sleuths

The Nefarious Fu Manchu

Ming the Merciless

Stereotyping African Americans

Bestial Blacks in The Birth of a Nation

Asexual Black Servant of the Studio Era

Reinforcing Stereotypes Across Media

Positive Black Stereotypes

Super Sidney

Intergalactic Stereotypes: The Phantom Menace

The Last Act

Chapter 9 CENSORING SCREEN CONTENT

Efforts at Content Control

Pressure on Exhibitors

Industry Self-Censorship

State-Imposed Constraints

[BOX] THE PROVOCATIVE MOVIES OF OSCAR MICHEAUX

The Jazz Age in the Movies

Hollywood Hedonism

New Self-Regulatory Measures

The 1930 Production Code

Transgressions of the Code

The Payne Fund Studies

The Legion of Decency

Industry Censorship Under Breen

From Stage to Screen

Concern about Catholic Classifications

Foreign Concerns

Wartime Restrictions

[BOX] THE KANE/HEARST CONTROVERSY

Code Authority in Decline

Cleavage Concerns

A New Catholic Campaign

Supreme Court Rulings

The Miracle and “Sacrilegious” Expression

Lady Chatterley’s Lover and “Immoral” Ideas

Restrictions on State Censorship

From Codes to Ratings

Obscenity at Issue

The New Moral Order

Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts
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