Understanding Movies / Edition 8

Understanding Movies / Edition 8

by Louis Giannetti, John W. Langdon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0136465633

ISBN-13: 9780136465638

Pub. Date: 07/06/1998

Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference

Helps readers understand how the many languages of film work together to create meaning. Louis Giannetti organizes Understanding Movies around the key elements of filmmaking, including cintematography, Mise en Scène, movement, editing, sound, acting, drama, casting, story, screenwriting, ideology, and theory. He synthesizes every element

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Helps readers understand how the many languages of film work together to create meaning. Louis Giannetti organizes Understanding Movies around the key elements of filmmaking, including cintematography, Mise en Scène, movement, editing, sound, acting, drama, casting, story, screenwriting, ideology, and theory. He synthesizes every element through a complete case study: Citizen Kane. This book's ideas are illuminated with hundreds of high-quality still photos, more than 70 in full color, taken from movies such as The Matrix, Almost Famous, jackass the movie, Chicago, Lord of the Rings, Mystic River, and Traffic. New in this edition: a full section on contemporary special effects and computer generated imagery (CGI); up-to-the-minute information on new developments in film technology; more coverage of recent films and filmmakers; more ethnic diversity (including new material on the Islamic cinema); and more lavish use of color and high-quality paper. An updated Companion Website contains animations, video clips from interviews with movie professionals, and Research Navigator access to New York Times film reviews. For everyone who wants to understand the artistry and meaning of the movies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780136465638
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
07/06/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
529
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.84(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxii
1Photography1
Overview2
Realism and Formalism2
The Shots11
The Angles13
Light and Dark18
Color22
Lenses, Filters, Stocks, Opticals, and Gauges28
The Cinematographer36
Further Reading42
2Mise en Scene43
Overview44
The Frame44
Composition and Design56
Territorial Space66
Proxemic Patterns77
Open and Closed Forms83
Further Reading92
3Movement93
Overview94
Kinetics95
The Moving Camera112
Mechanical Distortions of Movement123
Further Reading132
4Editing133
Overview134
Continuity134
D. W. Griffith and Classical Cutting138
Soviet Montage and the Formalist Tradition155
Andre Bazin and the Tradition of Realism168
Hitchcock's North by Northwest: Storyboard Version181
Further Reading206
5Sound207
Overview208
Historical Background208
Sound Effects215
Music219
Musicals and Opera226
Spoken Language230
Further Reading244
6Acting245
Overview246
Stage and Screen Acting247
The American Star System259
Styles of Acting276
Casting287
Further Reading293
7Drama295
Overview296
Time, Space, and Language296
The Director305
Settings and Decor311
Costumes and Makeup324
Further Reading332
8Story333
Overview334
Narratology336
The Spectator339
The Classical Paradigm343
Realistic Narratives348
Formalistic Narratives352
Nonfictional Narratives356
Genre and Myth362
Further Reading372
9Writing373
Overview374
The Screenwriter374
The Screenplay383
North by Northwest: Reading Version387
Figurative Comparisons393
Point of View401
Literary Adaptations405
Further Reading409
10Ideology411
Overview412
The Left-Center-Right Model417
Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity427
Feminism437
Gay Liberation444
Tone450
Further Reading453
11Theory455
Overview456
Theories of Realism457
Formalist Film Theories464
The Auteur Theory470
Eclectic and Synthetic Theories477
Structuralism and Semiology480
Historiography487
Further Reading492
12Synthesis: Citizen Kane493
Photography495
Mise en Scene499
Movement501
Editing505
Sound507
Acting509
Drama511
Story516
Writing518
Ideology522
Theory524
Further Reading529
Glossary531
Index545

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