Closely Watched Films

Closely Watched Films
Author: Marilyn Fabe
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2014-10-14
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780520279971

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"Through detailed examinations of passages from classic films, Marilyn Fabe supplies the analytic tools and background in film history and theory to enable us to see more in every film we watch"--Page [4] of cover.

Closely Watched Films

Closely Watched Films
Author: Marilyn Fabe
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2014-11-24
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780520959019

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How do films work? How do they tell a story? How do they move us and make us think? Through detailed examinations of passages from classic films, Marilyn Fabe supplies the analytic tools and background in film history and theory to enable us to see more in every film we watch. Ranging from D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation to James Cameron’s Avatar, and ending with an epilogue on digital media, Closely Watched Films focuses on exemplary works of fourteen film directors whose careers together span the history of the narrative film. Lively and down-to-earth, this concise introduction provides a broad, complete, and yet specific picture of visual narrative techniques that will increase readers' excitement about and knowledge of the possibilities of the film medium. Shot-by-shot analyses of short passages from each film ground theory in concrete examples. Fabe includes original and well-informed discussions of Soviet montage, realism and expressionism in film form, classical and modern sound theory, the classic Hollywood film, Italian neorealism, the French New Wave, auteur theory, modernism and postmodernism in film, political cinema, feminist film theory and practice, and narrative experiments in new digital media. Encompassing the earliest silent films as well as those that exploit the most recent technological innovations, this book gives us the particulars of how film—arguably the most influential of contemporary forms of representation—constitutes our pleasure, influences our thoughts, and informs our daily reality. Updated to include a discussion of 3-D and advanced special effects, this tenth anniversary edition is an essential film studies text for students and professors alike.

Closely Watched Films Routledge Revivals

Closely Watched Films  Routledge Revivals
Author: Antonín J. Liehm
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 498
Release: 2016-04-06
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781317218500

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First published in 1974, this book collects interviews with leading Czechslovak filmmakers conducted mostly between 1967 and 1969. This was a period of immense upheaval beginning with the attack of the Czechoslovak establishment on the Union of Writers in 1967, continuing through the liberalisation of the Prague Spring in January 1968 and ended with the Soviet invasion in August and subsequent ‘Normalization’ process in April 1969. It records the testimony of several generations of filmmakers and their attempts to answer the questions about the purpose and meaning of film before and during this period. This book will be of interest to students of film and cultural history.

Closely Watched Films

Closely Watched Films
Author: Antonín J. Liehm
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 504
Release: 1974
Genre: Motion picture producers and directors
ISBN: UOM:49015000839945

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Closely Watched Trains

Closely Watched Trains
Author: Bohumil Hrabal
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2017-03-30
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780241290231

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A classic of postwar literature, a small masterpiece of humour, humanity and heroism from one of the best Czech writers For twenty-two-year-old Milos, bumbling apprentice at a sleepy Czech railway station, life is full of worries: his burdensome virginity, his love for the pretty conductor Masha, the scandalous goings-on in the station master's office. Beside them, the part he will come to play against the occupying Germans seems a simple affair, in Bohumil Hrabal's touching, absurd masterpiece of humour, humanity and heroism. Closely Watched Trains, which became the award-winning Jiri Menzel film of the 'Prague Spring', is a masterpiece that fully justifies Hrabal's reputation as one of the best Czech writers of the twentieth century.

Are You Watching Closely

Are You Watching Closely
Author: Seth Friedman
Publsiher: State University of New York Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2017-08-15
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781438465920

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Identifies a new genre—misdirection films—and explains its appeal to contemporary producers and audiences. Are You Watching Closely? is the first book to explore the recent spate of “misdirection films,” a previously unidentified Hollywood genre characterized by narratives that inspire viewers to reinterpret them retrospectively. Since 1990, Hollywood has backed more of these films than ever before, many of which, including The Sixth Sense (1999), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Inception (2010), were both commercial and critical successes. Seth Friedman examines this genre in its sociocultural, industrial, and technological contexts to explain why it has become more attractive to producers and audiences. The recent popularity of misdirection films, Friedman argues, is linked to new technologies that enable repeat viewings and online discussion, which makes it enticing to an industry that depends increasingly on the aftermarket, as well as to historically specific cultural developments. That is, in addition to being well suited for shifting industrial and technological conditions, these films are appealing because they suggest that it remains possible to know what “actually” occurred and who was “really” responsible for events at a time when it is also becoming increasingly recognized that “truth” is relative. Are You Watching Closely? shows how Hollywood’s effective strategies for these changing circumstances put it at the forefront of a storytelling trend that has increasingly become important across media. Through close analyses of how misdirection films have been designed, marketed, and received in relation to their contexts, Friedman demonstrates the ways in which they epitomize a kind of narrative experimentation that has become a crucial facet of twenty-first-century audiovisual storytelling. Seth Friedman is Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre and Director of Film Studies at DePauw University.

Film Studies

Film Studies
Author: Ed Sikov
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2010
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 0231142935

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American film scholar Ed Sikov discusses all aspects of narrative films, describing mise-en-scéne, the significance of montages, editing, lighting, the use of color and sound, and related topics; and providing practical advice, suggested assignments, and other resources.

Projecting the Holocaust Into the Present

Projecting the Holocaust Into the Present
Author: Lawrence Baron
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 307
Release: 2005
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 0742543331

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In this accessible, clear, jargon free, and comprehensive text, Projecting the Holocaust into the Present offers an insightful historical perspective on how public conceptions of the Holocaust in film have changed over time.