Film Studies: An Introduction

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Columbia University Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Performing Arts - 212 pages
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Ed Sikov builds a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema, detailing the essential elements of film form and systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic. Sikov primes the eye and mind in the special techniques of film analysis. His description of mise-en-scene helps readers grasp the significance of montage, which in turn reveals the importance of a director's use of camera movement. He treats a number of fundamental factors in filmmaking, including editing, composition, lighting, the use of color and sound, and narrative. Film Studiesworks with any screening list and can be used within courses on film history, film theory, or popular culture. Straightforward explanations of core critical concepts, practical advice, and suggested assignments on particular technical, visual, and aesthetic aspects further anchor the reader's understanding of the formal language and anatomy of film.

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Contents

ANALYZING THE SHOT
21
ANALYZING CAMERA MOVEMENT
34
ANALYZING CINEMATOGRAPHY
53
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Film critic Ed Sikov is the author of the critically acclaimed "On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder "and "Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers," He has taught at Columbia University, Haverford College, and Colorado College, and lives in New York.

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