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Film: A Critical Introduction
This textbook examines how a film's structure and themes form the basis for understanding the director's intentions and making interpretive claims about it. After defining narrative form, camera techniques, editing, and sound, the authors present four different approaches to writing about film and the primary areas of film studies research. Numerou
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 3rd 2005 by Allyn & Bacon
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It was a textbook for an Intro to Film class I took, I just never sold it because it was so great. Back then I would have given it 5 stars, but that was 2008 or 2009. The only reason that's a minor problem is that it uses a lot of very very recent movies to illustrate some of its points (all are great examples, however). But still, it covers the history of film, the process, mise en scene, etc., etc. It's in the title, "A Critical Introduction." It covers everything you need to know, and some of ...more