Essential Cinema: An Introduction to Film Analysis (with MLA Update Card),
1st Edition

Jon Lewis

ISBN-13: 9781337294522 | ISBN-10: 1337294527

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 352 pages

List Price USD $124.95


Succinct, lively, and affordable, ESSENTIAL CINEMA: AN INTRODUCTION TO FILM ANALYSIS vividly illustrates principles in action as it helps you develop effective skills in close analysis. The book is packed with frame captures you can readily relate to, and it also features interviews with film practitioners throughout, giving you insight into real-world practice. In addition, unique screening questions at the end of each chapter help you apply chapter concepts to any film you watch, while the running glossary and end-of-text illustrated glossary offer easy access to full explanations of concepts. This edition includes an updated card reflecting the new guidelines from the 2016 MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.

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Jon Lewis is a professor in the English Department at Oregon State University where he has taught film and cultural studies since 1983. He has published eight books: THE ROAD TO ROMANCE AND RUIN: TEEN FILMS AND YOUTH CULTURE, which won a CHOICE MAGAZINE Academic Book of the Year Award; WHOM GOD WISHES TO DESTROY … FRANCIS COPPOLA AND THE NEW HOLLYWOOD; THE NEW AMERICAN CINEMA; HOLLYWOOD V. HARD CORE: HOW THE STRUGGLE OVER CENSORSHIP SAVED THE MODERN FILM INDUSTRY, a NEW YORK TIMES New and Noteworthy paperback; THE END OF CINEMA AS WE KNOW IT: AMERICAN FILM IN THE NINETIES; AMERICAN FILM: A HISTORY; LOOKING PAST THE SCREEN: CASE STUDIES IN AMERICAN FILM HISTORY; and for the British Film Institute's Film Classics series, THE GODFATHER. Professor Lewis has appeared in two theatrically released documentaries on film censorship: INSIDE DEEP THROAT (Fenton Bailey, 2005) and THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED (Kirby Dick, 2006). Between 2002 and 2007, he served as editor of CINEMA JOURNAL and had a seat on the Executive Council of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

  • This edition includes an updated card reflecting the new guidelines from the 2016 MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.
  • MINDTAP RADIO TELEVISION & FILM for Lewis's ESSENTIAL CINEMA: MLA UPDATE is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today's students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics and an accessible reader, MINDTAP helps you turn cookie cutter into cutting edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers.
  • Offering succinct yet comprehensive coverage, the text features chapters on film form and style; writing about film; documentary, experimental, and animation; film history; and the film business.
  • Extremely engaging and student friendly, ESSENTIAL CINEMA: AN INTRODUCTION TO FILM ANALYSIS features a higher picture-to-text ratio than other textbooks, which translates into a more visual mode of instruction. The majority of the 660 pictures are frames captured from DVDs. Thoroughly discussed in the text, the pictures help students see principles in action and develop their skills in close analysis.
  • Screening questions at the end of every chapter help students apply chapter concepts to any film they watch. The questions also help generate ideas for writing papers and prompt lively class discussion.
  • Each chapter has a running glossary of key terms in the margin to help students master the vocabulary of film. An illustrated glossary at the end of the text offers further explanations.
  • Included in almost every chapter, "Making Movies" boxes feature an interview with a film practitioner to give students real-world insights into how filmmakers think about the concepts explored in the chapter. A fuller version of the interview, recorded on video, is accessible on the book's website and clickable in the eBook version.

Table of Contents

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The Magic of Movies. Movies as Entertainment and Art. How to "Read" a Film.
Narrative Structure. Characters. Genre.
The Set. Costumes, Make-Up, and Hair. Blocking and Performance. The Lights.
Camera Placement. Camera Movement. Focus and Depth. The Plastic Material: Stock, Exposure, and Effects.
Elements of Editing. Continuity Editing. Alternative Editing Styles.
Sound and Image. The Voice Track. Music. Sound Effects. Sound Editing and Mixing.
The Business of Film. Distribution and Marketing. Exhibition.
Documentary. Animation. Experimental Film.
Hollywood. American Independents. Europe. Non-Western Film.
Essay Writing Strategies. Research and Citation.

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Essential Cinema

  • ISBN-10: 1337294527
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