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Film Studies: The Essentials: Teach Yourself [Paperback]

Warren Buckland
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Book Description

24 Sep 2010

Is this the right book for me?

An unpretentious guide for all those who want to learn to analyse, understand and evaluate films

Understand Film Studies provides an overview of the key areas in film studies, including aesthetics, narrative, genre, documentary films and the secrets of film reviewing. From Hitchcock and Tarantino to Spielberg and Bigelow, you will soon gain a critical understanding of legendary directors and the techniques and skills that are used to achieve certain cinematic effects. Whether you are a film studies student or just a film buff wanting to know more, this book will give you an invaluable insight into the exciting and incredibly fast-moving world of film.

Understand Film Studies includes:

Chapter 1: Film aesthetics: formalism and realism

Chapter 2: Film structure: narrative and narration

Chapter 3: Film authorship: the director as auteur

Chapter 4: Film genres: defining the typical film

Chapter 5: The non-fiction film: five types of documentary

Chapter 6: The reception of film: the art and profession of film viewing

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (24 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444105167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444105162
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Understand Film Studies is a comprehensive introduction to the exciting world of film.

About the Author

Warren Buckland is a senior lecturer in film studies at Oxford Brookes University.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Dec 2012
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I've been interested in film since childhood but it has only been recently that I have wanted to get to know the medium more and discover a lot more about the process and films themselves. I've gone through a few books on film recently and can say that I've really enjoyed this particular book. It's very accessible and doesn't try to come across as pretensions, rather it explains itself in very direct language. You can see the author has an enthusiasm to teach and what it lacks in comprehensiveness it more than makes up for in its accessibility and the way it makes you feel comfortable with the subject.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic starter text 12 Mar 2013
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Good text as a starter, but there are lots of aspects of Film Studies that this does not cover. I would recommend the Introduction to Film Studies, Routledge in addition (or instead of!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm taking a film class 18 Feb 2013
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My professor said that this was the book we'd be using for a women in film analysis class. It does a nice overview of film and has a nice, thorough section about how someone goes about critiquing a film with real life examples. There are also nice photos from the classic movie era, which were cool to see. I really enjoyed it.
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