Movies and Meaning

Movies and Meaning

An Introduction to Film

Book - 2004
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This comprehensive introduction to film focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema focuses globally as both an art and a business. Using clear, accessible, and jargon-free writing, this is the only introduction to film to examine the elements of film style and the viewer's contribution to the cinema experience. How do viewers interpret the effects filmmakers create? How do filmmakers anticipate, and build on, the likely ways viewers will react to certain kinds of stories and audio-visual designs? Accordingly, the text examines how filmmakers create images and sounds and also closely examines the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen. This approach helps readers understand not only the basic concepts but also how their own reactions and opinions impact the overall film experience, making the course even more meaningful. For anyone interested in film and film appreciation.

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Like the 1997 and 2001 editions, the third cites films that students are likely to be familiar with, and so updates to recent releases those used to illustrate fundamental concepts and terminology. The many stills are black and white. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, c2004
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780205381128
Characteristics: xiv, 466 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm


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