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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundations of film making, made easy to understand
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...
Published on 30 May 2012 by Andrew Reid

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10 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful guideline for those having to do critical analysis
I would consider this book a good enough guideline on how to critically analise films. It is a bit dense at times, but it is a good quick-reference guide about what to look for when analysing a film.
Published on 20 Sep 2001


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundations of film making, made easy to understand, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book!, 16 Oct 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for film makers, 3 Jan 2014
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This review is from: How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia: Language, History, Theory (Paperback)
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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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent!, 1 July 2012
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Great and important book!
Its a must for film students!
It contains everything you have
to know about film making...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uni Gift, 14 Mar 2014
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This review is from: How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia: Language, History, Theory (Paperback)
This is used by my son for his course work, he uses it regularly for reference, he says it is a very informative book
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 29 Dec 2012
This review is from: How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia: Language, History, Theory (Paperback)
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The delivery was fast an the book was like untouched.
This book was recommended to me by my tutor in the university and indeed I found it very helpful for my film essays and course-works. It gives you the ability to do just what the title says, to read a film.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 23 Sep 2010
very good book, got a lot of use out of it on the final year of my course!
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10 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful guideline for those having to do critical analysis, 20 Sep 2001
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I would consider this book a good enough guideline on how to critically analise films. It is a bit dense at times, but it is a good quick-reference guide about what to look for when analysing a film.
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