Giannetti, Louis Understanding Movies

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Understanding Movies

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For undergraduate courses in Introduction to Film, Introduction to Cinema, and Film and Drama.

Designed to help students analyze movies with precision and technical sophistication, this book focuses on formalism—how the forms of the film (e.g., camera work, editing, photography, etc.) create meaning. It retains the same principle of organization as its predecessors—structuring chapters around the realism-formalism dichotomy—while it updates each chapter to integrate more recent developments, contemporary films, and personalities in the field.

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Louis Giannetti is a Professor of English and Film at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Educated at Boston University and the University of Iowa. He has published many articles, both popular and scholarly, on political subjects, literature, and drama. In addition to being a professional film critic for several years, he has written about movies for such scholarly journals as Literature/Film Quarterly, The Western Humanities Review, and Film Criticism. Dr. Giannetti is also the author of a book on cinema theory, GODARD AND OTHERS: ESSAYS ON FILM FORM, published in both Great Britain and the United States. Dr. Giannetti's other books include MASTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA (Prentice Hall ,1981), a survey of American fiction films from the perspective of eighteen key figures. FLASHBACK: A BRIEF HISTORY OF FILM, FOURTH EDITION, written with Scott Eyman, is a history organized by decade, outlining the major events, trends, and important filmmakers and their work, with emphasis on the American cinema. Both books are copiously illustrated. UNDERSTANDING MOVIES has been a best-selling text in all its previous editions, widely used in the United States and in such countries as Australia, Great Britain, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Japan. It has been translated into Chinese, Korean ,and Hebrew. Dr. Giannetti is the father of two daughters, Christina and Francesca.

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