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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (22 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306805413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306805417
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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V. F. Perkins is a founder-member of the editorial board of Movie, a screenwriter, film critic and lecturer in film studies at the University of Warwick, where he headed the Joint School of Film and Literature for ten years from its inception in 1979.

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In 1911 William DeMille, who later became a prominent film , described the movies as 'galloping tintypes [which] no one can develop into anything which could, by the wildest stretch of the imagination, be called art' Twenty-two years later the theorist Rudolph Arnheim noted: 'There are still many educated people who stoutly deny the possibility that film might be art. Read the first page
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Possibly one of the most influential works of film criticism of the last fifty years, it modestly claims to be an introduction to the study of film, but in fact provides an all-encompassing analysis of what film is and how film works. Almost thirty years old and not revised, but still incredibly current.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Huh? 26 April 2005
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I am scraching my the previous reviewer, Perkins is one of the most brilliant and repected film critics alive. He is difficult...but so is most anything worth doing in life.

Perkins doesn't introduce concepts with astheticly pleasing headings, and entertaing pictures, then explain what each one means, and why its important...I am sure the "dummy's" guide books have done that already along with a 1000 others.

Perkins is one of a few critics who have transformed films for me and many others. I am so surprized and sad that so few have reviewed this important work.
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While I'm sure students of film and film theory will find this book a valuable resource, a novice to the genre should probably seek out another book. Mr. Perkins does not elucidate the topic of film theory, but instead takes a heavy handed approach to the subject and leaves those unfamiliar with the subject scratching her head.
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