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The Anatomy of Film Paperback – March 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0312487119 ISBN-10: 0312487118 Edition: Sixth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Sixth Edition edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312487118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312487119
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviews of previous edition: 'I love Anatomy of Film. It offers a comprehensive exploration into the study of film as a genre. It is clear and concise so that students are not overwhelmed by information, but at the same time, it provides the essential groundwork of what students need to know to become proficient in the analysis of cinema' -Julie Gustafson, Samford University 'The text is very readable, there is thorough coverage, and ... Dick says all the right things' -David Popowski, Minnesota State University, Mankato 'Anatomy of Film is an ideal textbook for students just beginning to study the film discipline' -Daniel M. Linton, University of Memphis 'It is hard to miss the author's enthusiasm for film. His tone clearly invites the reader to follow on because there are wonderful rewards ahead' -Thomas Murray, Fitchburg State University 'The fifth edition of Dick's Anatomy of Film re-appears like an old friend... The solid reliable journal, companion to film students and teachers alike, returns with revived thrust and a much needed contemporary twist. Dick continues to provide us with, in his own words, a 'solid foundation of film fundamentals rich examples from the past and present and in-depth-coverage of genre' -Teresa Stringer, subject Manager: Media and Photography, Plymouth College of Art and Design, 'Learning, Media and Technology, Vol 31. No 4, December 2006, pp. 425 - 429 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bernard F. Dick is Professor of Communication and English in the School of Art and Media Studies at Farleigh Dickinson University’s Teaneck, New Jersey campus. He is the author of a number of books on film including The Star-Spangled Screen: The American World War II Film, Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood, and most recently, Hal Wallis, Producer to the Stars.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Q on February 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
The strength of this book is that it covers all main bases of film criticism except for film history, which does, however, enjoy a few passing references. Besides the usual chapters on the basic elements of film--the shot, scene, mise-en-scene, lighting, sound, and etc.--there are also chapters on film genres, film subtext, directors, film and literature, film theory, and a chapter of sample analyses of important films. There is an appendix with a couple of sample student essays, but there isn't really any writing instruction. That's left up to your class instructor. About half the size (same thickness, however) of most film introductions, with some but not a lot of black and white photos, this is convenient to read in bed or wherever. The organization seems rather weak in some respects: after a rather scattered introductory chapter, there is a chapter on graphics (credits and subtitles) and sound, which doesn't seem like a very logical start for a film textbook. After that, things fall into place. The field of film textbooks is quite crowded, and there are many other books that give more in-depth coverage of various aspects, but if you want a book that covers all the basics, this does the job.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Chell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2004
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If you're looking for an "Intro to Film" text that's neither as cluttered nor pricey as several of the leading candidates, this just may fit the bill. No accompanying DVD's, website, glossy photos, test banks or manuals, but it touches on most of the matters relevant to such a course (including just barely enough history), and it not only addresses writing about film but provides some helpful examples. If it were one-third rather than two-thirds the price of its competitors, I'd have no trouble going to it again, especially in a course that emphasizes literature as much as film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2006
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The author's analysis of many film classics can give you an appreciation of the subtleties perhaps overlooked in a cursory viewing. His narrative is largely jargon-free, being aimed at a wide audience. While an experienced film viewer might not agree with all of his remarks, overall, the analysis seems quite reasonable and cogent.

Another reviewer criticised the author's use of "we" as being egotistical. That indicates a misunderstanding on the reviewer's part. The first person plural is conventionally used in many non-fiction texts. In part, to deliberately include and involve the reader. It is commonly preferred to "I", because it is the latter which is seen as more personal.
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By AD on December 16, 2013
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As it described, perfect price, fast delivery
I get the book for my cinema class, I did not like the material too confusing too many information
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B. Rutter on March 15, 2013
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Great price. Devivered fast and in good shape. I would purchase from this dealer again.

Five more words required - stupid.
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