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Teach Yourself Film Studies (TY Film and TV) [Paperback]

Warren Buckland
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1 Jan 2003 TY Film and TV
Teach Yourself Film Studies is an invaluable reference book for both Film Studies students and film buffs.

It gives a chronological history of cinema and film with an analysis of the different genres of films and directors, from Westerns to Sci-Fi and from Hitchcock to Tarantino. Techniques and effects are fully discussed and explained to give an insight and understanding of this fascinating media.
The book gives an overview of the key areas in film studies which includes aesthetics, narrative, genres and documentary films. It also ends by uncovering the secrets of film reviewing and the conventions reviewers adopt when they write about and evaluate films.

This new edition also includes an expanded section concerning film studies on the internet.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340859660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340859667
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Buckland is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Chapman University in Southern California, and former lecturer in Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He is co-author of Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis (Arnold, 2002)

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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the world of film 13 Dec 2000
A great 'beginners guide' to the film industry, with notes from Hitchcock's works and background into what it takes to make a movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to watch movies like a pro 20 Mar 2009
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We all go to the movies, and some of us read the reviews in the magazines and newspapers, or watch reviews on TV. if you're like me, you've sometimes wondered why a movie you liked didn't get a good review, or more interestingly, a movie you didn't like got a rave review. What up? Why? Isn't a movie just a movie?

Well, no. Movies are a lot of things to a lot of people: a way to make a living for some, a place in out of the cold for some, art for some. Some movies we all sleep through, others keep us on the edge of our seats. Others have scenes we still remember after so many years, like the shower scene in Psycho, where Janet Leigh "gets it", at Bates Motel.

I think the answer is, the many of the people who make movies are very smart, are very well versed in literature, art, sculpture, music, history. As such, the movies they make or star in often seem to be a melding or conglomeration of "all of the above". Often, unless we're very alert, these things go over or past our head, and we don't consciously even notice them, but they sink in, and stay with us.

So what should we be looking for, and how can we recognize it? One place to start is to begin thinking like a screenwriter, or a director, or an actor. This little book is a great start on how to do that.

Some chapter headings: Film Aesthetics: Formalism and Realism; Why is the music the way it is? What emotions is it evoking in us? Why afre close-ups used? Why long shots? Why is the camera moving? What is it trying to tell us?

Film Structure: Narrative and Narration: whose perspective and point of view is the camera taking? Why? How much of the plot doe we know, as opposed to the principal characters?

Film Authorship: the Director as auteur: Which is more important: the script or how it's interpreted into voice inflections, emotions and body language? Were there phases, or periods, movies went through, and what does that mean to us today?

Film Genres: Defining the Typical Film. This is sort of like putting numbers on the backs of the players: we expect a certain "structure" in a western, that we wouldn't expect it a slapstick farce or in a WW II based spy thriller. Well, what are the basic structures?

the No-Fiction film: Five Types of Documentary. Do you feel a bit uncomfortable watching a Michael Moore documentary? WE often forget that in addition to Mr. Moore, there is a camera person, probably an audio person, most likely a director, all there but out of sight. What might that tell us about what we see on the eleven o'clock "news"?

I have a small library of books on film studies and film criticism. However, if I could only have one, this book would be it. If you go to the movies for anything other than a warm place out of the cold, or to eat popcorn in a darkened room, get this book. It will make your movie watching infinitely more interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "one is lost in admiration of the author's skill..." 30 Jun 2000
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"Most beginners' guides of this sort fail miserably to fulfil (sic) their brief, being written by uncompromising ideologues who refuse to concede anything to the needs of the general reader. Buckland's pocket-sized volume represents a breakthrough: it's genuinely pitched at novices and succeeds in maintaining a perfect balance between clarity and intellectual complexity. One is lost in admiration of the author's skill at reducing the major issues and approaches to a scale exactly calibrated for undergraduate seminar discussion without the least hint of condescension in tone. The format of efficient bullet-pointing and succinct case studies can be freely cribbed from in planning lessons for years to come. (PM)" -- from Sight & Sound, a British film magazine
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