Understanding MOVIES. Louis Giannetti. Thirteenth Edition. Boston Columbus Indianapolis New York San Francisco Upper Saddle River. Amsterdam Cape. Helps readers understand how the many languages of film work together to create meaning. Louis Giannetti organizes Understanding Movies around the key . ‘Understanding Movies’ is designed to help students analyse movies with precision and technical sophistication. Its focus is on formalism – how the forms of the.

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The final chapter, Synthesis, is an in-depth analysis of Citizen Kane from the perspective of each of the above sections.

This is common practice with textbooks. Table of Contents In this Section: No eBook available Amazon. It was a good guide to the basic techniques and strategies of filmmaking and conveyance of message.

Understanding Movies

I have a general interest in film which is why I took the class and the terminology and movie back story have been interesting. I guess that I really should have learned more from this book, because I disagreed with a lot of the points that the author makes.

He has published many articles, both popular and scholarly, on political subjects, literature, and drama.

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Professor Giannetti is also the author of a book on cinema theory, Godard and Others: Instructors, sign in yiannetti to see net price. We had to buy this book for a film understanfing I took, but the teacher never really used it. Since I was planning to watch Kane again for another movie list, I decided to time my viewing with the reading of this last chapter so it was fresh in my mind.


Pearson offers special pricing when you package your text with other student resources. He has published many articles, both popular and scholarly, on political subjects, literature, and drama. May 10, Dean Hanley rated it liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. No portion of this material may be reproduced, in any form or by any means, without permission in writing from the publisher.

This was the first textbook I ever had for a film class. It’s richly illustrated with examples from movies from all eras of motion picture history. I liked that ginnetti defined most of the terms in the text so you didn’t have to go and do a lot of outside research to figure out what the authors were saying, and the examples are excellent as well. THORNHILL Marxist medium metaphors mise-en-scene montage move movement narrative narrator objects open forms photographed plane play players produced protagonist proxemic psychological realistic reality roles scene screen script sense sequence shooting social sound soundtrack space stage stars story structure studio style stylized subject matter suggest symbolic technique tend theatrical theme theory THORNHILL tion Truffaut usually viewer virtually visual York.

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Both books are copiously illustrated. Trivia About Understanding Movies. Jan 30, Elissa rated it really liked it Shelves: In a readable, accessible, and mocies humorous manner, Understanding Movies engages students in the fascinating language of film and helps further their appreciation and understanding of why and how movie watchers respond as they do to different films. Understanding Movies Louis D.


Maybe that says more about the book than my review! Its focus is on formalism–how the forms of the film e. Mar 02, Deb rated it really liked it. It is updated with recent films and personalities for students. Giannetti in person when he came to speak to our film class. It is a good starting point to fine tune your interests. Louis Giannetti gives a really accessible introduction to watching and surprise understanding movies.

A section on the digital revolution –Discusses how digital technology has radically altered how movies are made, how they are distributed, and how they are shown in theaters. I marked it down one star because I am disappointed with the key terms boxes in each chapter- they were confusing to me as a reader and weren’t laid out well. Open Preview See a Problem? However, I enjoyed the book and my corresponding class!

Examples of both good and bad movies are used with explanations as to why some things work in a film, yet others don’t.

Share a link to All Resources. But it was so exciting to talk about movies. This textbook discusses the ideas and rationale behind the art, settings, characters, stories, movifs, and more of movies.

While it’s not a difficult book, it’s also not for the casual reader, I would say: If you’re a movie buff and want to understand the visual language of film. Intro to Film, I believe. Must keep for referencing.