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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for film students, 23 Aug 2011
This review is from: Studying Pan's Labyrinth (Studying Films) (Paperback)
Pan's Labyrinth is one of my favourite films, and I was hoping Studying Pan's Labyrinth would be something along the lines of those little BFI books about individual films (which this one somewhat resembles), but that isn't quite what the Studying series is about.

Each chapter starts with a general discussion of a specific aspect of film-making -- there are chapters on Narrative, Genre, Messages and Values, Film Language, Characterisation, and Institutions (which basically covers the promotion and release of the film) -- along with some basic examples of how filmic techniques can be used to achieve certain effects or communicate certain meanings, for instance how camera angles affect your perception of a character's emotional state, and so on.

I think I wasn't quite the audience the book was written for. It's aimed, I'd say, more at a film studies student at A-level or thereabouts, rather than (what I am) a general reader interested in deepening my appreciation of a favourite film. As a result, I found it a bit text-booky and limited in its approach. Had I been a film student (I can imagine this being a set text, or an excellent way of supplementing a film studies course by applying what you'd learned to a favourite film), I'm sure I'd have been giving this book more stars.
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