Film: A Critical Introduction

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Laurence King Publishing, 2005 - Cinematography - 432 pages
Providing a comprehensive introduction to film studies, this book addresses techniques and terminology used in production and criticism. It emphasizes thinking and writing critically and effectively about film. Organized in three parts, the authors focus on the fundamentals of film analysis before moving on to more complex topics. Parts I and II teach students to recognize how the components of film-narrative, mise en scene, cinematography, editing, and sound-work together to produce meaning within an individual film text. Part III introduces readers to interpretive frameworks that treat cinema as a cultural institution. This section encourages readers to move beyond textual analysis and consider the relationship between film and culture. Readers learn to form sophisticated arguments about film in cultural, historical, and economic contexts.
 

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Contents

How This Book Is Organized
3
Chapter
7
The Orchestration of Detail
12
Chapter
14
Articulating Meaning
22
Narrative Form
32
Narrative Structure
38
Cinematography in Documentary Films 152
40
Sound
202
The Relationship Between Sound and Image
208
Sound Effects and the Construction of Class
225
Bernard Herrmanns Score and Travis Bickles Troubled
237
Documentary
245
Avantgarde Film
258
Getting Started
271
Part Three
293

Beyond Structure
45
Noticing Shifts in Perspective
51
Mise en Scène
58
Same Film Different Settings
64
Figure Placement in Citizen Kane
71
Lighting
77
Two Approaches to Mise en Scène
88
Chapter 5
96
The Camera in Time and Space
103
Patterns of Camera Placement and Movement
119
Lenses and the Creation of Space
129
Special Visual Effects
142
PostProduction
149
Editing
160
StoryCentered Editing and the Construction of Meaning
171
Creating Meaning Outside the Story
182
Soviet Montage Aesthetic in The Godfather
194
Film Authorship 366
295
International Art Cinema
305
Third Cinema
312
Chapter 11
318
Ideologies of Sexuality
324
Chapter 12
332
Stardom and Ideology
339
Genre
346
Genre Film Production and Audiences
360
From Cahiers du Cinéma to the SarrisKael Debate
367
Using the Auteur Approach to Interpret and Evaluate Films
374
Chapter 15
380
Film and the New Technology
392
Glossary
399
Bibliography
411
Picture Credits
418
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