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Thinking About Film: A Critical Perspective Paperback – November 15, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0205582204 ISBN-10: 0205582206 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205582206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205582204
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thinking about Film guides undergraduate film students through the process of evaluating, analyzing, and reviewing a film. Written in a dialogue format, the book is perfect for the student who wants to learn to be a more active, intelligent film viewer.

 

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  • An emphasis on self-analysis encourages students to learn how they view films and then to step out of their comfort zones and alter the way they watch and think about films.
  • Sections dealing with the craft that constitutes the art and business of film allow students to see how a broader view of the world of film helps to create a better movie analysis.
  • A discussion on critically writing about film shows students how to express and communicate what they think and feel about the films they watch.
  • Two helpful appendices, one with a list of essential films that serious movie watchers should see and the other with additional readings, offer students a wide range of resources for further exploration.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader on July 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
In an incredibly brief page count, Dean Duncan manages to get at the reasons behind film studies and theory--why should we study film and the humanities, and where might we start? The tone is warm and accessible without ever talking down to the reader; it's a great text for those new to the subject and for those who have been reading film and art theory for decades. It's certainly not comprehensive (there's no way it could be), but as an introduction to the subject it's maybe the best text I've found.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wowey on December 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'd like to offer a counter to these other reviews in that I loved this book. I also took Intro To Film at BYU, and while it may not be as needed for the class as the other book mentioned earlier (Film: A Critical Introduction (3rd Edition)), it provides a wonderful insight into the world of film that I haven't found anywhere else. Each topic is covered just briefly, enough to give a taste to those not used to critiquing film. But what is most amazing about this short book is the list of media in the back used to further expand ones horizons when it comes to film. Dean regularly compares life to film, and provides great reasoning as to why it is so important. As someone coming out of his last time teaching the Intro to Film class, I am very grateful for his fresh and caring insight into the world, which is present in this book. If this means anything to future customers - while I traded my textbook for this class, I kept this short novel (almost like a pamphlet, even - it's that short), due to its compassionate point of view on all standpoints for film. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to widen their horizons, and maybe expand their own way of thinking.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rwin1234 on September 12, 2011
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I purchased this book, because, well it is required for Intro to Film at BYU. Honestly I think it is worthless and way for Dean Duncan to make more on royalties as you have to buy a regular text book as well. While he makes it required for the class, he could very easily only teach from the text you have to buy for 100+ dollars just fine and save all his students some money.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Perez on September 25, 2010
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Sorry but this book is confusing. The small letter doesn't help either and it's boring!
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