- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; 2Rev Ed edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856695344
- ISBN-13: 978-1856695343
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,708,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Film: A Critical Introduction Paperback – Import, 2007
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With this in mind, allow me to say that Pramaggoire and Wallis' text is the best I have ever encountered . . . bar none. I have used this text for over a year now, and the response has been extremely positive. It may initially seem irrelevant, but this text is extraordinary aesthetically appealing. Why is this important? Because we are talking about professors and students who have an interest in a VISUAL art. This text presents large, lush examples to compliment the text: not all texts invest this effort or expense. Moreover, the selected examples are spot-on . . . they are not randomly chosen BUT are the quintessential example of any given technique.
What makes this text great is both the organization (which others have mentioned) and the accessibility. Let's say you are not taking a formal class in film, you would have no problem reading this text solo. It is that understandable . . . and, let's face it, if an author cannot clearly explain an idea to a lay-person then he/she really do not know the subject. Pramaggoire and Wallis KNOW their subject.
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It's a fascinating book that breaks down the different departments of film production in very easy-to-understand ways. There are plenty of pictures and, as evidenced by the cover art, screenshots and quotes from the relatively recent films (Hint: That's Clive Owen in "Inside Man" on the cover, an excellent heist film. If you haven't had the pleasure of viewing it, I suggest you make time.)
The book goes into great detail of a thousand different parts of cinema, such as mis en scene, editing and the sociology of cinema.
What really makes this book accessible to me (I was taking this class as an elective, not as part of a major or minor) was that it breaks each new concept down and uses popular films to illustrate the point. When talking about a certain lighting angle the book may cite "Good Night and Good Luck" and show pictures to hammer home the lighting idea.
All in all, a fantastic read. Enough information for a seasoned theater-lover to enjoy, and enough illustration and pop-culture references to keep the beginner engaged as well.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in film technique, history, criticism, analysis, etc. It's not just for students, but quite appropriate for "movie buffs" and others interested in film.
This would make a great gift for anyone who loves analyzing movies or has more than a casual interest in movies.
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I used it just about every week for my college class. It is a very good book, with great explanations.Published 3 months ago by James M.
Loved this book for my college class. Gives you a different perspective into the world of movies. You'll truly enjoy this book!Published 7 months ago by Chase
Book was delivered fast but had more wear and tear than I was expected. However, it was the right price and got to me quicklyPublished 17 months ago by Naomi Fisher