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Becoming film literate : the art and craft of motion pictures

Author: Vincent LoBrutto
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, ©2005.
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Provides an enjoyable and accessible education in the art of cinema, using 50 landmark films spanning the history of the medium.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Motion pictures
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
LoBrutto, Vincent.
Becoming film literate.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, ©2005
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vincent LoBrutto
ISBN: 0275981444 9780275981440
OCLC Number: 57169982
Description: xviii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Non-linear storytelling: Amores Perros. --
Transformation of the American comedy: Annie Hall. --
Tableau narrative structure and sound design: Apocalypse now. --
The body as cinematic landscape: L'Avventura. --
Editing --
Russian montage: The battleship Potemkin. --
Italian neorealism: The bicycle thief. --
Production design: Blade runner. --
Dream state: Blue velvet. --
The period film as mirror for the present: Bonnie and Clyde. --
Expressionism in cinema: The cabinet of Dr. Caligari. --
Classical Hollywood film style: Casablanca. --
Surrealism in cinema: Un chien Andalou. --
The authorial voice: Citizen Kane. --
Shot structure: The crowd. --
Thematic unity: The Decalogue. --
Mythopoetic film: Dog star man. --
Political objectives through cinematic storytelling: Do the right thing. --
Film noir: Double indemnity. --
The personal film: 8 1/2. --
Animation and music: Fantasia. --
An American musical: 42nd Street. --
New York filmmaking: The French connection. --
Period comedy: The general. --
Parallel storytelling: Intolerance. --
French New Wave: Jules and Jim. --
The epic: Lawrence of Arabia. --
The political thriller: The Manchurian candidate. --
Self-referential cinema: Man with a movie camera. --
Architecture in production design: Metropolis. --
Roots of documentary film: Nanook of the North. --
Multiplot, multicharacter narrative: Nashville. --
Method acting: On the waterfront. --
The close-up: The passion of Joan of Arc. --
Dark side of American cinema: Psycho. --
Subtext in personal expression: Raging bull. --
Multiple point-of-view narrative: Rashomon. --
Widescreen filmmaking: Rebel without a cause. --
Camera movement as metaphor: La Ronde. --
Mise-en-scène: Rules of the game. --
Direct cinema: Salesman. --
The Freudian western: The searchers. --
Defining, theme, metaphor, and character through color, texture, and environmental design: Se7en. --
Symbolism in the cinema: The seventh seal. --
Art of the B movie: Shock corridor. --
Digital filmmaking: Star wars: Episode II --
Attack of the clones. --
Birth of a nonfiction film style: The thin blue line. --
Experimental narrative: 2001: a space odyssey. --
The essay film: Weekend. --
Screen violence as metaphor: The wild bunch. --
Independent filmmaking: A woman under the influence.
Responsibility: Vincent LoBrutto ; foreword by Jan Harlan.


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