The Movies and Meaning: An Introduction to Film

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Movies and Meaning focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. Using clear, accessible and jargon-free writing, this is the only introductory film text to examine the elements of film style and the viewer's contribution to the cinema experience.

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Praise for Stephen Prince¿s Movies and Meaning…

“Prince writes about what students want to know and what their instructors want them to learn. The interspersed profiles of major directors are a welcome addition, and the concluding chapters on modes of film theory and criticism provide excellent entrees for student writing. Movies and Meaning seems destined to become the gold standard in undergraduate film studies.” -Lloyd Michaels, Allegheny College

“In a much-crowded field, Prince¿s Movies and Meaning is easily one of the best introductions to film. Thorough and up-to-date, engagingly written, and richly illustrated, it is superbly attentive to student needs…This book is a pleasure to read.” -Arthur Nolletti, Jr., Framingham State College

“Lucid and challenging, Movies and Meaning is appropriate for both beginning and intermediate-level Film Studies classes…With black and white and color illustrations, and “cut-away” sections about noted directors and cinematic techniques, Movies and Meaning makes for lively reading and teaching.” -Linda C. Ehrlich, Case Western Reserve University

“I¿ve looked at all the others and found them wanting in one way or another… Prince¿s remains the best all-around introductory text on the market today. ” -Thomas Sobchack, University of Utah

Movies and Meaning is a superb text for use in all levels of film studies and criticism courses. It is useful for both the student and general reader as a thorough and insightful examination of the ways in which we can view mainstream and specialized movies, popular genres, and offers various insightful approaches to film studies as a discipline.” -Wheeler Winston Dixon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“As one moves through the book, there is development from foundation to structure that beginning students of film can follow.” -Stephen A. Schrum, University of Charleston

“Prince¿s Movies and Meaning asks and answers the right kinds of questions about the art, business, and global significance of film. The text is written in a clear and compelling fashion, and is pitched at just the right level for the introductory film student.” -Carl Plantinga, Hollins University

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