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Movies and Meaning: An Introduction to Film

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This comprehensive introduction to the film industry focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. Movies and Meaning examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on scree

Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 28th 2009 by Allyn & Bacon (first published July 1st 1996)
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Apr 22, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok
This book was passable for an intro film class textbook, but there were some glaring errors in this version. The author could have done a little more fact checking in order to catch that Robin Williams did not play the "wizard" in Aladdin, but rather the genie, and that "The Great Lebowski" is actually called the _BIG_ Lebowski... ouch.

Sometimes the tone of the writing is sometimes questionable as well, in that it seems to lose some of its academic grounding and authority. Meh. I was pretty unim
Aug 04, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was my text book for an intro to film class in college and I loved it. Sometimes when I was reading it I would start to feel guilty about not doing homework...then I would realize that it was homework! Prince uses loads of stills and storyboards to illustrate how movies us techniques such as cross fades, lighting, and props to convey meaning. I would be curious to see the latest edition.
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Stephen Prince teaches film history, criticism, and theory at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts . He received his Ph.D from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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