Understanding Movies

Understanding Movies

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Appropriate for courses in Introduction to Film, Film and Drama, and Film and Literature. Understanding Movies is designed to help Canadian students analyze movies with precision and technical sophistication. Its focus is on formalism-how the forms of the film (e.g., camera work, editing, photography, etc.) create meaning in a film. The second Canadian edition updates each chapter with Canadian films and personalities familiar to Canadian students.show more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Pearson Canada, Toronto
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 2nd Revised Canadian ed
  • 0130273864
  • 9780130273864

Table of contents

(Note: Each chapter concludes with a Further Reading section.) 1. Medium. Summary. Realism and formalism. The Director. The Screenwriter. The Spectator. Time, Space, and Language. Figurative Comparison. Point of View. Further Reading. 2. Story. Summary. Narrative. The Classical Paradigm. Realistic Narratives. Formalistic Narratives. Adaptation. Genre and Myth. Further Reading. 3. Photography. Summary. The Cinematographer. The Shots. The Angles. Light and Dark. Color. Lenses, Filters, Stocks, Opticals, and Gauges. Further Reading. 4. Mise en Scene. Summary. The Frame. Composition and Design. Set Design. Territorial Space. Proxemic Patterns. Open and Closed Forms. Further Reading. 5. Movement. Summary. Kinetics. The Moving Camera. Mechanical Distortions of Movement. Further Reading. 6. Editing. Summary. Continuity. D.W. Griffith and Classical Cutting. Soviet Montage and Formalist Tradition. Andre Bazin and the Tradition of Realism. Further Reading. 7. Sound. Summary. Historical Background. Sound Effects. Music. Musicals and Opera. Spoken Language. Further Reading. 8. Acting. Summary. Stage and Screen Acting. The American Star System. Casting. Costumes and Makeup. Further Reading. 9. Nonfiction Films. Summary. The Documentary Mode. Grierson and the Classical Documentary. American Cinema Verite. Canadian Direct Cinema. Avantgarde Cinema. Further reading. 10. Canadian Cinema. Summary. National Cinema. Canada's National Cinema(s). The Formative Years. The Direct Cinema Tradition. Canadian Genre Film. Contemporary Developments. Further Reading. 11. Theory. Summary. Theories of Realism. Formalist Film Theories. The Auteur Theory. Structuralism and Semiology. Ideology and Culture. (New). Historiography. Further Reading. 12. Synthesis. Medium. Story. Photography. Mise en scene. Movement. Editing. Sound. Acting. Theory. Further Reading. Glossary. Index.show more

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