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How to Read A Film : Movies, Media and Beyond - James Monaco

How to Read A Film

Movies, Media and Beyond

Paperback Published: 8th May 2009
ISBN: 9780195321050
Number Of Pages: 736

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Richard Gilman referred to How to Read a Film as simply "the best single work of its kind." And Janet Maslin in The New York Times Book Review marveled at James Monaco's ability to collect "an enormous amount of useful information and assemble it in an exhilaratingly simple and systematic way." Indeed, since its original publication in 1977, this hugely popular book has become the definitive source on film and media.
Now, James Monaco offers a special anniversary edition of his classic work, featuring a new preface and several new sections, including an "Essential Library: One Hundred Books About Film and Media You Should Read" and "One Hundred Films You Should See." As in previous editions, Monaco once again looks at film from many vantage points, as both art and craft, sensibility and science, tradition and technology. After examining film's close relation to other narrative media such as the novel, painting, photography, television, and even music, the book discusses the 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 addition, Monaco stresses the still-evolving digital context of film throughout--one of the new sections looks at the untrustworthy nature of digital images and sound--and his 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.
With hundreds of illustrative black-and-white film stills and diagrams, How to Read a Film is an indispensable addition to the library of everyone who loves the cinema and wants to understand it better.

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"Anyone who writes about film, or who is interested in film seriously, just has to have it."--Richard Roud, Director of the New York Film Festival

Introduction I. Film as Art The Nature of Art Ways of Looking at Art Film, Recording, and the Other Arts The Structure of Art II. Technology: Image and Sound Art and Technology The Lens The Camera The Filmstock The Soudtrack Post-Production Video and Film Projection III. The Language of Film: Signs and Syntax Signs Syntax IV. The Shape of Film History Movies/Film/Cinema "Movies": Economics "Film": Politics "Cinema": Aesthetics V. Film Theory: Form and Function The Critic The Poet and the Philosopher: Lindsay and Munsterberg Expressionism and Realism: Arnheim and Kracauer Montage: Pudovkin, Eisenstein, Balazs, and Formalism Mise en Scene: Neorealism, Bazin, and Godard Film Speaks and Acts: Metz and Contemporary Theory VI. Media: The Middle of Things Community Print and Electronic Media The Technology of Mechanical and Electronic Media Radio and Records Television and Video VII. Multimedia: The Digital Revolution The Digital Revolution The Myth of Multimedia The Myth of Virtual Reality The Myth of Cyberspace "What is to be Done?" Film and Media: A Chronology Reading About Film and Media Index

ISBN: 9780195321050
ISBN-10: 0195321057
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 736
Published: 8th May 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.15  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.08
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised

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