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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 just or...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Delta (first published 2001)
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Hosam Diab
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
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.
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.
Feb 05, 2014 Angie added it
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.
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.
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.
illustrates what you intuitively know and uses good examples from great films.
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