Cinema Today: A Conversation with Thirty-nine Filmmakers from around the World

Cinema Today: A Conversation with Thirty-nine Filmmakers from around the World

by Elena Oumano


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Imagine attending a fascinating film forum among a distinguished and varied panel of cinema legends. An afternoon or evening where contemporary filmmakers from around the world—Kazakhstan, Turkey, Macedonia, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Egypt, Cameroon, Australia, the Philippines, South Africa, Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, the People's Republic of China, Mexico, Poland, the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, and France—gather together to discuss how they arrive at the creative choices that bring their film projects to life.

Can't spare the time from work or class? Travel expense too great? What? You can't even find such a collaborative event?

Then imagine curling up with a good book, maybe a shot of espresso in hand, and becoming engrossed in the exciting and informative conversation that Elena Oumano has ingeniously crafted from her personal and individual interviews with these artists. Straying far from the usual choppy question-and-answer format, Cinema Today saves you from plowing through another tedious read, in which the same topics and issues are directed to each subject, over and over-an experience that is like being trapped in a revolving door.

Oumano stops that revolving door by following a lively symposium-in-print format, with the filmmakers' words and thoughts grouped together under various key cinema topics. It is as though these experts are speaking to each other and you are their audience—collectively they reflect on and explore issues and concerns of modern filmmaking, from the practical to the aesthetic, including the process, cinematic rhythm and structure, and the many aspects of the media: business, the viewer, and cinema's place in society. Whether you are a movie lover, a serious student of cinema, or simply interested in how we communicate in today's global village through films that so profoundly affect the world, Cinema Today is for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813548777
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ELENA OUMANO is a professor of communications at BMCC of the City University of New York. As a music and film journalist, her work has been published in the New York Times, Spin, The Nation, the Village Voice,, Interview Magazine, L.A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Image, the magazine of the San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle, GRAMMY Magazine, and other media outlets. She is also the author, coauthor, or ghost writer of more than twenty books.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Cinematography 1

2 Cinema and Sound 26

3 Working with Actors 48

4 Cinematic Rhythm and Structure 79

5 The Process: Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production 92

6 The Business: Financing, Distribution, and Exhibition 148

7 Cinema, Art, and Reality 165

8 The Viewer 187

9 Cinema and Society 209

Profiles of the Filmmakers 233

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