How to Read A Film

How to Read A Film

The World of Movies, Media, and Multimedia : Language, History, Theory

Book - 2000
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First published in 1977, this popular book has become the source on film and media. Now, James Monaco offers a revised and rewritten third edition incorporating every major aspect of this dynamic medium right up to the present.Looking at film from many vantage points, How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, Multimedia explores the medium as both art and craft, sensibility and science, tradition and technology. After examining film's close relation to such other narrative media as the novel, painting, photography, television,and even music, Monaco discusses those elements necessary to understand how films convey meaning and, more importantly, how we can best discern all that a film is attempting to communicate.In a key departure from the book's previous editions, the new and still-evolving digital context of film is now emphasized throughout How to Read a Film. A new chapter on multimedia brings media criticism into the twenty-first century with a thorough discussion of topics like virtual reality,cyberspace, and the proximity of both to film. Monaco has likewise doubled the size and scope of his "Film and Media: A Chronology" appendix. The book also features a new introduction, an expanded bibliography, and hundreds of illustrative black-and-white film stills and diagrams. It is a must forall film students, media buffs, and movie fans.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
Edition: 3rd ed., completely rev. and expanded. --
ISBN: 9780195038699
Characteristics: 672 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Lindroth, David


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Aug 23, 2012

This film does cover various aspects of film and multimedia, but it doesn't teach you how to read a film so much as make a film. It deals much less with theory, criticism, what to look for, and such, but focuses on technology and the details involved in production.

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