Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film

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W.W. Norton & Company, 2010 - Performing Arts - 600 pages
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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.

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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, itís 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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User Review  - Brooke - Goodreads

If you're interested in how to analyze film, this is a great book. It hits all the big aspects of film review and has lots of examples. Quick read. Read full review

Review: Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film

User Review  - Goodreads

If you're interested in how to analyze film, this is a great book. It hits all the big aspects of film review and has lots of examples. Quick read. Read full review

Contents

What ls a Movie?
3
Form and Expectations
33
Patterns
39
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Richard Barsam (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. He is the author of Nonfiction Film: A Critical History (rev., exp. ed. 1992), The Vision of Robert Flaherty: The Artist as Myth and Filmmaker (1988), In the Dark: A Primer for the Movies (1977), and Filmguide to "Triumph of the Will" (1975); editor of Nonfiction Film Theory and Criticism (1976); and contributing author to Paul Monaco‚s The Sixties: 1960‚1969 (Vol. 8, History of the American Cinema, 2001) and Filming Robert Flaherty‚s "Louisiana Story": The Helen Van Dongen Diary (ed. Eva Orbanz, 1998). His articles and book reviews have appeared in Cinema Journal , Quarterly Review of Film Studies , Film Comment , Studies in Visual Communication , and Harper‚s . He has been a member of the Executive Council of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Editorial Board of Cinema Journal , and the Board of Advisers of the History of American Cinema series, and he cofounded the journal Persistence of Vision .

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