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Going to the Movies: A Personal Journey Through Four Decades of Modern Film

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Featuring insights ... analysis ... great films and filmmakers from “the most-sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” (The Hollywood Reporter).

A life in film. An extraordinary career. An unforgettable story — from noted lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author Syd Field.

What makes a great movie great? ... An actor legendary? ... A screenplay extraordinary or jus
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Delta (first published 2001)
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Hosam Diab
Mar 10, 2014 Hosam Diab rated it liked it
لطيف كرفقة ممتعة في رحلة صيفية مملة. ربما كان مكمّلاً لكتاب السيناريو الشهير، لكن التعامل معه بنيّة التعلم سيفقدك الكثير من هدفه، فهو في النهاية تجربة صانع سينما عن عشقه للسينما: مذكرات لزمن فات، كما أن تقييماته للأفلام التثويرية الجديدة في عالم السينما مثل "بلب فيكشن" لن يضيف إليك ما تعلمه عنها. نصيحة أن تحتفظ بورقة وتدون عليها الأفلام التي تمركزت عليها الفصول بحيث يتسنى لك مشاهدتها فيما بعد، لأن أفلام عظيمة بالفعل
DeAnna Knippling
Nov 19, 2012 DeAnna Knippling rated it liked it
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I should have started with one of his other books, I thought. The first chapter, on La Grande Illusion, was just lovely, but the book devolved from a personal experience of specific films and how he saw them into a biography, which was not what I expected. Okay, it was a decent biography, but when you're looking for a book on how a screenwriter views movies, and get a subtitle like this, it seemed misleading.
Isobel
Jul 25, 2008 Isobel rated it it was ok
I didn't get very far in this book. The author is so obsessed with proving his own popularity and importance that I was rolling my eyes at every page turn. There is probably a lot of very interesting information somewhere in this book, but it would take a lot of wading through self-indulgent crap to get to it, so I'm not going to bother.
sallie
Mar 12, 2007 sallie rated it liked it
after having benefitted much from syd field's screenwriting book, i was happy to read a more personal account of his love for film and his own journey as a screenwriter.

one of his mentors was the great renoir, son of impressionist painter renoir, a theatre professor at ucla. lovely.
Lauren
Jul 31, 2007 Lauren rated it really liked it
This book was great if you're interested in how to tear apart a film script. It was interesting however, it did make me tear apart scripts from the time I read the book on.
Angie
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Great reading for any movie fan. I wish Syd Field wrote this book when I was in film school. We have watched several of the movies he writes about.
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Sydney Alvin Field was an American screenwriting guru who wrote several books on the subject of screenwriting. He also conducted workshops and seminars on the subject of producing salable screenplays. Hollywood film producers have increasingly used his ideas on structure as a guideline to a proposed screenplay's potential.
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