Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film

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Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film

Format:  Paperback,

447 pages

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2009

ISBN-13: 9780393932799

ISBN-10: 0393932796

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Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2009
ISBN-13: 9780393932799
ISBN-10: 0393932796
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 447
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.55

Chapter outline

* New to the Third Edition
** Significantly revised for the Third Edition
Looking at Movies
Looking at Movies
What Is a Movie?
Ways of Looking at Movies
Principles of Film Form
Film Form
Form and Content
Form and Expectations
Fundamentals of Film Form
Realism and Antirealism
Cinematic Language
Types of Movies
The Idea of Narrative
Types of Movies
Hybrid Movies
Six Major American Genres
Evolution and Transformation of Genre
What about Animation?
Elements of Narrative
What Is Narrative?
The Screenwriter
Elements of Narrative
Looking at Narrative: John Ford's Stagecoach
What Is Mise-en-Scne?
Looking at Mise-en-Scne
Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow
Sam Mendes's American Beauty
Michael Almereyda's Hamlet
What Is Cinematography?
The Director of Photography
Cinematographic Properties of the Shot
Framing of the Shot
Speed and Length of the Shot
Special Effects
What Is Acting?
The Evolution of Screen Acting
Technology and Acting
Casting Actors
Aspects of Performance
How Filmmaking Affects Acting
Looking at Acting
Barbara Stanwyck in King Vidor's Stella Dallas
Hilary Swank in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby
What Is Editing?
The Film Editor
Major Approaches to Editing: Continuity and Discontinuity
Looking at Editing
Fernando Meirelles and Ktia Lund's City of God
What Is Sound?
Sound Production
Describing Film Sound
Sources of Film Sound
Types of Film Sound
Functions of Film Sound
Sound in Orson Welles's Citizen Kane
Film History
What Is Film History?
Basic Approaches to Studying Film History
A Short Overview of Film History to 1947
1947-Present: New Cinemas in Great Britain, Europe, and Asia
1965-1995: The New American Cinema
Filmmaking Technologies and Production Systems
The Whole Equation
Film, Video, and Digital Technologies: An Overview
How a Movie Is Made
The Studio System
The Independent System
Financing in the Industry
Marketing and Distribution
Production in Hollywood Today

Book description

Looking at Movies, Third Edition is an accessible and visually dynamic introduction to film studies that offers more media support and a lower price than all of its competitors.

The Third Edition of Looking at Movies is as visually engaging and fun to read as previous editions, and now contains new material on film history, film genre, and cultural contexts, and even more help with film analysis.

Supplementary materials, conceived and created by the authors, integrate seamlessly with the text. Two DVDs contain nearly four hours of film clips, frame sequences, short films, and animations to show what the text describes. The Looking at Movies student website provides an abundance of review and ancillary materials, including the Writing About Movies guide.


Always accessible and interesting; now comprehensive, too.

Looking at Movies is a visually dynamic introduction to the elements of film form, and with the addition of new material, it’s a comprehensive introduction as well. The Third Edition adds in-depth (but jargon-free) coverage of three areas: film history, film genres, and the connections between film and culture.

More help with film analysis than any other text.

Every element of the Looking at Movies package features pedagogy to help students in their critical viewing and analytical writing, including model analyses, end-of-chapter materials, DVD tutorials, and the Writing About Movies guide.

The most visually dynamic text on the market.

The four-color design of Looking at Movies is easy on the eyes and fun to read. But, more importantly, it shows students what the text describes. Two DVDs (packaged with all new copies of Looking at Movies) provide nearly four hours of moving-image content.

The most useful, best-integrated media package.

The two DVDs and student website offer an abundance of pedagogically useful and visually dynamic multimedia content. Conceived, directed, hosted, edited, and narrated by coauthor and filmmaker Dave Monahan, each DVD tutorial directly relates to and complements the content in the book. The student website features multimedia quizzes, printable screening worksheets, and other review materials linked to an easy-to-use gradebook, as well as the Writing About Movies guide.

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