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How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond (Paperback)
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How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond (Paperback)

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Paperback 736 Pages / Published: 21/05/2009
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Richard Gilman referred to How to Read a Film as simply "the best single work of its kind." And Janet Maslin in The New York Times Book Review marveled at James Monaco's ability to collect "an enormous amount of useful information and assemble it in an exhilaratingly simple and systematic way." Indeed, since its original publication in 1977, this hugely popular book has become the definitive source on film and media. Now, James Monaco offers a special anniversary edition of his classic work, featuring a new preface and several new sections, including an "Essential Library: One Hundred Books About Film and Media You Should Read" and "One Hundred Films You Should See." As in previous editions, Monaco once again looks at film from many vantage points, as both art and craft, sensibility and science, tradition and technology. After examining film's close relation to other narrative media such as the novel, painting, photography, television, and even music, the book discusses the 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 addition, Monaco stresses the ever-evolving digital context of film throughout-one of the new sections looks at the untrustworthy nature of digital images and sound-and his 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. With hundreds of illustrative black-and-white film stills and diagrams, How to Read a Film is an indispensable addition to the library of everyone who loves the cinema and wants to understand it better.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195321050
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 1082 g
Dimensions: 233 x 164 x 33 mm
Edition: 30th Revised edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
*Praise for previous editions:
"This book is a compliment to the reader....Monaco's spirit is gracious; he has a gift for making accumulations of detail relevant and uncluttered. His manner is modest and undidactic, and he is painstakingly scrupulous."--Samson Raphaelson, Film Comment
"Anyone who writes about film, who is interested in film seriously, just has to have [Monaco's book]."--Richard Roud, Director, New York Film Festival
"The best single work of its kind."--Richard Gilman
"An astute and thoroughgoing analysis....Monaco is cuts above the popular 'criticism' of Reed, Kael, et al. He is lucid and sophisticated."--Publishers Weekly


"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




"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




-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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