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The 12-Hour Film Expert : Everything You Need to Know about Movies - Noah Charney

The 12-Hour Film Expert

Everything You Need to Know about Movies

By: Noah Charney, James Charney

Hardcover | 18 June 2024

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The only book you need to become an expert on film history, technique, and appreciation. This "gateway book will deepen readers' appreciation of milestone movies." (Library Journal)

If you are looking at this book, then you probably love watching movies and television shows. Who doesn't? But most of us do so as passive entertainment--to wind down, relax, and escape into alternative worlds. Pay close attention though, and you can enhance your movie-watching experience and deepen your appreciation for the art of film. This book will show you how.

In The 12-Hour Film Expert, Noah Charney and James Charney offer readers all they need to know about how films are made and how to watch them in a more thoughtful way. Through twelve chapters covering a wide array of genres and periods, the authors highlight key films in each area of focus and explore important figures and more recent films to help readers develop their core understanding of films, ranging from comedies to silent films, noirs to romances, and everything in between.

Most importantly though, readers will learn how to truly watch movies. The 12-Hour Film Expert asks essential questions: What did the key films do differently? How did they push the envelope, establish new precedents? The result is a capsule-sized "course" in film appreciation. The only book readers need to master their grasp of film history, technique, and appreciation, it is perfect for movie lovers of all ages. Grab the popcorn and settle in

Industry Reviews

After 25 years in the film business, I found Noah Charney and James Charney's book an enjoyable and informative walk-through motion picture history. Recommended reading for anyone wanting to learn about the origins and evolution of cinema.

--James Clayton, film and television producer

Finally! I've always wondered why there isn't a book with a brief history of film, as a textbook for beginners and at the same time a guide for connoisseurs. And now my wish came true! Thanks to the Charneys for filling that gap. Whether the reader is a film consumer or a creator, this book is a useful treat. I swallowed it myself in one gulp, certainly in less than twelve hours.

--Branko ?uric, actor, screenwriter, and director

Noah Charney and his film seminar developer/facilitator father, James, team up to help readers watch films thoughtfully, encouraging a focus on the industry's history and path-breaking productions rather than treating films as passive entertainment. They select movies from the U.S. and abroad and across a variety of genres. Each of the book's 12 chapters is designed to be an hour's worth of reading. Categories include the invention of film, silent movies, classics, Westerns, film noir, comedies, musicals, suspense, horror, action, sci-fi/fantasy, and international auteur-centered art films.... This gateway book will deepen readers' appreciation of milestone movies. A variety of readers, not just film fans, will want to peruse this engaging title.

-- "Library Journal, Starred Review"

Orson Welles famously told Dick Cavett "the whole bag of movies can be learned in about a day and half." Well, perhaps for Orson Welles. But I do believe one can quickly learn cinema history and this book is a wonderful introduction to the magic of movies, giving a great foundation for any aspiring Cinephile.

--Joseph Greco, writer and director, CANVAS, starring Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden

The perfect introduction for anyone interested in a comprehensive guide to the entertainment industry. An enjoyable blend of informative history that both illuminates and engages Hollywood enthusiasts. Level up on how to watch, understand, and enjoy film.

--Adam Alcabes, film and television producer

This book is a great tool against the know-it-all mentality prevailing on social media. Read it and you will know what you are talking about when you talk about film.

--Miha Mazzini, award-winning writer and filmmaker

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