Film Studies For Dummies
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Make sense of the world of cinema
Want to pull back the curtain on film? This hands-on, friendly guide unravels the complexities of film and helps you put cinema into a cultural context. You'll get an easy-to-follow introduction to different film genres and styles, learn about the history of cinema, get to know who makes up a filmmaking team, explore global cinema from Hollywood to Bollywood and much more.
Film Studies For Dummies will open your mind to how the film industry works and help you to discover the impact of film on popular culture. You'll get easy-to-read information on analyzing and critiquing film from a range of theoretical, historical and critical perspectives, and learn how people communicate ideas in film. You'll also be able to shine a light on how stories are developed in movies, understand how a storyline is related to broader issues in society and become a well-versed and insightful film student.
- Covers the narrative, artistic, cultural, economic and political implications of cinema
- Provides conceptual frameworks for understanding a film's relationship to reality
- Explores how people tell stories and communicate ideas in film
- Helps you excel as a student of film
Whether you're planning to study film, a humanities student with a forthcoming module on film or a film enthusiast wondering if this might be the future for you, Film Studies For Dummies has you covered.
the word seems to be synonymous with the notions of irony and self-consciousness. Modernism’s moment To understand postmodernism, you need to know a bit about modernism. Confusingly, the ‘modern’ of modernism is now very old. The modernist moment happened around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, and was marked by dramatic developments in all types of culture from the visual arts to the written word. The modernist radicals wanted to shake up traditional art forms and
moving images, you have to remind yourself that access to film was, not so long ago, much more restricted. During the early years of film studies (in the 1970s and 1980s), students had to know how to perform all sorts of physical tasks, including how to handle celluloid, how to project using multiple reels and how to operate a Steenbeck viewing machine. Film studies meant dealing with the materiality of film itself. These days, you can get a degree in film studies without ever encountering a
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which has invited comparisons with Hollywood in its heyday. Pondering European stardom The long-running, well-established film industries and the different languages and cultures of Europe have produced a wide range of film stars, sometimes echoing or imitating American ‘types’ and other times generating distinctive and culturally specific icons. The study of European film stars has a great deal in common with the study of national identities. What’s the most useful approach: defining European
audiences were able to pick out from the busy mise-en-scène and understand without the help of dialogue. For example, when the scientists of La Voyage dans la Lune (1902) reach their destination, they’re tired. How do you know? Because they stretch their arms and rub their eyes! By contrast the close-ups of DW Griffith or Charlie Chaplin films allow subtle facial gestures to tell the story or make you laugh or cry. Chaplin even had an interesting (and much quoted) philosophy about shot distances