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The Art of Watching Films with Tutorial CD-ROM Paperback – December 12, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0073310282 ISBN-10: 007331028X Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 553 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 7 edition (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007331028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073310282
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides insight into the many aspects of movies.
J.R.
This was a very good text book that i needed for my class and came with a cd rom.
Noma Nikki Torres
It's an interesting book, for anyone who loves movies, to read.
Texas Mom

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
A lavishly illustrated textbook, this book will delight anyone interested in the movies. The reader will be equipped to watch movies with a more critical eye--and may enjoy the experience all the more for knowing why something is appealing. You can open this book to any page and become engrossed in the text and pictures.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Todd A. Johnson on March 29, 2001
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Outstanding book. Even better than I thought it would be once I looked through it. It covers everything related to movies. There are even exercises, like homework, where you watch various movies to learn different things about the movies. If you take movies and movie reviews seriously, you need this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LEN on February 13, 2008
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This textbook was purchased to fulfill a required "humanaties" course, while attending college. It's informative, easy to read, and guides you into becoming a "trained observer" in the art of watching films. As part of the curriculum I was instructed to watch several films selected by my professor. Some of the assigned films I would have never viewed by choice, including classics. However, this textbook has definitely given me a whole new perspective when attending a movie theater or at home watching a DVD. I've also acquired a deeper appreciation and understanding for all the hard work that goes into film making. Buy it for school or as a guide to help you enjoy your next movie experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.R. on May 15, 2008
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This book provides insight into the many aspects of movies. It focuses on the details that you don't consciously think about when viewing movies. Any beginning film student (or anyone interested in getting more out of the movie watching experience) will find this book very helpful. I also enjoyed the references to movies young and old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah H. Fernandez on September 11, 2009
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I used this book as a text for a college course, more appropriately called "The Art of Film." It is the most comprehensive tool I've found for learning about every aspect of filmmaking from the storyline through cinematic effects and camera techniques and out past editing and special effects. It is well-organized and illustrated - one learns by watching and doing and identifying. There are myriad film suggestions following each chapter to further identify the techniques described. This book is indispensable for anyone interested in filmmaking or film critique or just plain film enjoying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Plumley on April 3, 2009
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I used this textbook in a movie class at my community college and found the book itself (and the accompanying CD) to be almost as interesting as the movies we were watching along with it. If you're a movie buff and like to discuss movies with friends/family then this book will be a huge boon to learning terms and creative or artistic background that will help you understand, enjoy, and get the most out of a movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AcidicSoda on April 22, 2007
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Used this book in an intro to film class. I will keep it on the shelf as a reference book. For class it has smooth reading that is cohesive, didn't seem like it has filler information in it. It was fun to read. The context was very helpful in class for lectures, and movie analyzation. Goes over key aspects of film as well as very detailed examples of what to look for, how to see it.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Malloy on June 17, 2009
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This is a fine book for what it is. But you need to recognize exactly what that is. This is a text book for undergraduates with little or no prior experience in film. It reviews very basic elements of cinematic craft, and encourages students to view films critically, to become personally involved with the film, and to express their reactions and thoughts about them. This is fine if you are someone who never realized that film is an art form; or if you know nothing about literary theory, dramatic structure, or art. It is a wonderful book for undergraduates, who sometimes do not actually know anything. It is an introduction to critical viewing, and to the basic elements of film.

I bought this book because the reviews were good. But I really should have considered the source. If I were looking for a book on literary theory and history, for example, I would not be interested in one that started to explain basic thematic ideas like "man vs man and man vs nature etc. This book has the same problem. It is directed towards students who are just learning to use their critical and observational powers. It is really not sufficiently robust for someone who wants a firm and thorough grounding in film theory and history

I will also note that all of the photos in the book could have been put on the accompanying DVD. This would have enabled it to be printed on a lower grade of paper. This might have reduced the cost greatly

But to be fair this book does serve its actual intended audience well. Just make sure that is you.
Those looking for a serious detailed introduction to film theory will probably be disappointed
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