How to Read a Film
How to Read a Film
Movies, Media, and Beyond
James Monaco



Since its original publication in 1977, this hugely popular book has become the definitive source on film and media. Now, James Monaco offers a special anniversary edition of his classic work, featuring a new preface and several new sections, including an "Essential Library: One Hundred Books About Film and Media You Should Read" and "One Hundred Films You Should See."

As in previous editions, Monaco once again looks at film from many vantage points, as both art and craft, sensibility and science, tradition and technology. After examining film's close relation to other narrative media such as the novel, painting, photography, television, and even music, the book discusses the elements necessary to understand how films convey meaning, and, more importantly, how we can best discern all that a film is attempting to communicate. In addition, Monaco stresses the still-evolving digital context of film throughout--one of the new sections looks at the untrustworthy nature of digital images and sound--and his chapter on multimedia brings media criticism into the twenty-first century with a thorough discussion of topics like virtual reality, cyberspace, and the proximity of both to film.

With hundreds of illustrative black-and-white film stills and diagrams, How to Read a Film is an indispensable addition to the library of everyone who loves the cinema and wants to understand it better.

Title How to Read a Film
Subtitle Movies, Media, and Beyond
Author James Monaco
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Title First Published 08 May 2009
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 736 p.
ISBN-10 0195321057
ISBN-13 9780195321050
Publication Date 08 May 2009
Main content page count 736
Weight 16 oz.
 


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