How to Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media, and Multimedia : Language, History, Theory

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 672 pages
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First published in 1977, this popular book has become the source on film and media. Now, James Monaco offers a revised and rewritten third edition incorporating every major aspect of this dynamic medium right up to the present.

Looking at film from many vantage points, How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, Multimedia explores the medium as both art and craft, sensibility and science, tradition and technology. After examining film's close relation to such other narrative media as the novel, painting, photography, television, and even music, Monaco discusses those 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 a key departure from the book's previous editions, the new and still-evolving digital context of film is now emphasized throughout How to Read a Film. A new 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. Monaco has likewise doubled the size and scope of his "Film and Media: A Chronology" appendix. The book also features a new introduction, an expanded bibliography, and hundreds of illustrative black-and-white film stills and diagrams. It is a must for all film students, media buffs, and movie fans.
 

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Review: How to Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia: Language, History, Theory

User Review  - Mohib Farhad - Goodreads

one of the great book about film. in this book you can find little bit of something of everything about film. and thats why this a big book. little too much book good thing about this book: not ... Read full review

Review: How to Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia: Language, History, Theory

User Review  - Runa - Goodreads

An excellent introduction to cinema and its jargon (which Monaco handles very well, by the way) - well-structured, comprehensive, and hugely benefiting from its little venture into semiotics. It ... Read full review

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James Monaco is a writer, publisher, and producer. His books include American Film Now, The New Wave, The Encyclopedia of Film, and The Connoisseur's Guide to the Movies.

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