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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; 30 edition (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195321057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195321050
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 3.6 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Anyone who writes about film, or who is interested in film seriously, just has to have it."--Richard Roud, Director of the New York Film Festival

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James Monaco is a writer, publisher, and producer. His books include American Film Now, The New Wave, The Encyclopedia of Film, and The Connoisseur's Guide to the Movies.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Reid on 30 May 2012
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This is a seminal paper or book. It's easy to read but engages you in how films have been made and the hidden sub-text or meaning that comes through via everything from the use of symbols, camera angles, choice of actor, lighting, sound, etc. It provides a historical context too, so that you can see how film making and the stories told through film have evolved with the changes in technology, society and culture... from the variety shows that spun off from the early vaudville traditions and theatre to today's evolution of reality TV concepts that have emerged as a result of the web and technology bringing the audience closer to the production. I sense it was written for someone who wants to study the art of film making and the orgins of the Art BUT, even if you are simply a film buff or want to have a better appreciation of the art and the hidden meaning in films (whether for TV or the big screen) it's a rewarding read... it can make a dinner conversation more interesting.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By the lighthouse keeper on 16 Oct. 2008
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I am just writing this to 'adjust' the rating and earlier review written for this book, as I find it can be quite misleading.

This is indeed a great read on film analysis, full of interesting examples and insightful comments. The chapter on Film Language is very well articulated and has been used as reference text in many film seminars, not only by myself.

Describing a book that addresses constructing meaning in cinematic language as "too dense", like another reviewer has done, is missing the point altogether.

The product description is spot on.
If you like cinema, you will like this book!
If want to know more about "How to Read Films" this is an excellent book and you will like it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danil Beekman on 11 Dec. 2013
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Specifically on mise-en-scene this book helps decipher how, why and for what purpose. Brilliant for any first starter. Thanks very much!
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By UltraGonk on 10 Jan. 2015
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I've recently gotten back into film in a big way and have a desire to know more about the medium, this book has been a godsend a very chunky teaching guide and reference book in one. Great read.
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superb in-depth look at the movie industry and film making. A must read for potential film makers and movie buffs
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