Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures

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Praeger, Jan 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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Though movies have remained our foremost cultural pastime for over 100 years, many of us still know very little about the tools used to create them. In this groundbreaking new book, Vincent LoBrutto provides an enjoyable and accessible education in the art of cinema: using 50 landmark films spanning the history of the medium, LoBrutto illustrates such important concepts as editing, production design, cinematography, sound, screen acting, narrative structure, and various genres, nationalities, and film eras. Each concept is illustrated by the selection of a film that epitomizes its use, so that readers will learn about film authorship in Citizen Kane, multi-plot narrative in Nashville, widescreen filmmaking in Rebel without a Cause, and screen violence in The Wild Bunch. Providing a unique opportunity to become acquainted with important movies and the elements of their greatness, Becoming Film Literate offers a crash course in cinema, one designed to give even the novice reader a solid introduction to this complex and multifaceted medium.

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In his latest book, film teacher and scholar LoBrutto provides 50 short essays on 50 (mostly) great films as a primer for novice enthusiasts seeking to enrich their critical appreciation of cinema ... Read full review


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Vincent LoBrutto is an instructor of motion picture editing and film studies for the School of Visual Arts Department of Film, Video, and Animation. He has worked as a film editor for Fox and HBO and as a postproduction coordinator for the ABC television network. He is editor of and a contributing writer to "CinemaEditor" magazine. A special member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE), he also contributes to "Cineaste" and "Film Quarterly". LoBrutto is the author of several books on lmmakers and lmmaking, including "The Filmmaker s Guide to Production Design" and "The Art of Motion Picture Editing" (Allworth Press). He lives in Mount Vernon, New York.

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