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Understanding MOVIES. Louis Giannetti. Thirteenth Edition. Boston Columbus Indianapolis New York San Francisco Upper Saddle River. Amsterdam Cape. Helps readers understand how the many languages of film work together to create meaning. Louis Giannetti organizes Understanding Movies around the key . ‘Understanding Movies’ is designed to help students analyse movies with precision and technical sophistication. Its focus is on formalism – how the forms of the.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Understanding Movies by Louis D. Understanding Movies by Louis D. Its focus is on formalism – how the forms of the film create meaning.

It is updated with recent films and personalities for students. Paperbackpages. Published February 1st by Prentice Hall first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Understanding Moviesplease sign giannettti. Lists with This Book.

Jul 05, jm rated it really liked it Shelves: At times a bit basic, but overall exhaustive look at films and their elements.

The many pictures make you wanna go and see more movies. I guess that was pretty obvious because I’m a film major. But it was so exciting to talk about movies. Like in school and not just for five minutes while other movkes don’t care. This textbook had too much personality for my taste. It tried to be super fun but honestly I don’t have time to read all this.

I have a general interest in film which is why I took the class and undsrstanding terminology and movie back story have been interesting. May 10, Dean Hanley rated it liked it. A good solid introduction to the study of film, with lots of helpful photographs illustrating the understandkng points.

While it’s not a difficult book, it’s also not for the casual reader, I would say: I give it 3. Jan 03, Jason Hu rated it really liked it. Because this book was it.

Informative book, probably a textbook. I enjoyed reading it, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a real page-turner. Rigid and uninspired classification of the film production, centered on the well documented Undersfanding style of production.

Understanding Movies, 13th Edition

If unnderstanding a movie buff and want to understand the visual language of film. Then this is informative. Jan 18, Eunhae Han rated it liked it.

Solid film textbook that was mentioned by American film critic Roger Ebert, it gives an overarching scope of different mediums that are involved in film. It is a good starting point to fine tune your interests. This was the first textbook I ever had for a film class. Intro to Film, I believe.


And, since it’s been a while, I decided to go back and read it from start to finish instead of piecemeal gjannetti you normally do with college textbooks. It was a nice overall view of the art of movie making.

The book is divided into sections, each one building on the last and focusing on one specific feature of movies. Each chapter is loaded with screen shots of movies that provide examples of what the author is talking about.

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There are also some storyboards from specific film scenes used to give the reader a better understanding of how films are made. The final chapter, Synthesis, is an in-depth analysis of Citizen Kane from the perspective of each of the above sections. Since I was planning movirs watch Kane again for another movie list, I decided to time my viewing with the reading of this last chapter so it was fresh in my mind. This book is definitely a good introductory read on the style and substance of film.

Examples of both good and bad movies are used with explanations as to why some things work in a film, yet others don’t. Feb 11, Jon rated it really liked it Shelves: Louis Giannetti gives a really accessible introduction to watching and surprise understanding movies.

It’s very easy to read – with lots of pictures for those of us who only want books with pictures. The straight-forward, clear text goes a long way; he knows he needs to keep things kinda simple, but is considerate enough not to water things down and insult our intelligence. Jan 30, Elissa rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this book.

It had a lot of good information. I marked it down one star because I am disappointed gainnetti the key terms boxes in each chapter- they were confusing to me as a reader and ujderstanding laid out well. I also would have appreciated key terms being bolded so I could quickly find them.

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This is common practice with textbooks. However, I enjoyed the book and my corresponding class! Sep 30, Brandon T. The photographs dominate the pages at times. The in-text citations are not always near the pages or chapters that have the photographs they are referencing. It can be a little frustrating to flip back and forth to match them. Otherwise the book is insightful and easy to read. Feb 12, Heidi Angell rated it liked it. I guess that I really should have learned more from this book, because I disagreed with a lot of the points that the author makes.


Maybe that says more about me than the book itself! We had to buy this book for a film class I took, but the teacher never really used it. Maybe that says more about the book than my review!

View all 3 comments. Good textbook with a lot of good information in it. The text explains everything very well, and goes into detail where it needs giannetti. I liked that it defined most of the terms in the text so you didn’t have to go and do a lot of outside research to figure out what the authors were saying, and the examples are moview as well. What an awesome way to increase knowledge and enjoyment of movies.

This textbook discusses the ideas and rationale behind the art, settings, characters, stories, dramatizations, and more of movies. I consider this book capable of improving both perception of and thought about movies as they are being watched, while increasing the long term relevance of the movies themes and memorable moments. This is an excellent introduction to the technical and artistic aspects of the medium of motion pictures.

It’s richly illustrated with examples from movies from all eras of motion picture history.

A great introduction and reference text for anyone interested in understanding why movies turn out the way they do and what kinds of thought and effort go into making one. Nov 01, Daniel added it Shelves: Its focus is on formalism–how the forms of the film e. The Seventh Edition updates each The most widely used text for film classes in America.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Giannetti in person when he came to speak to our film class. This book is easy to understand while being extremely informative and offering many examples of each concept. May 13, Evan rated it liked it Shelves: I had a much earlier edition of this, in college in the early ’80s. It was a good guide to the basic techniques and strategies of filmmaking and conveyance of message.

Technical, but not written in jargon. Mar 02, Deb rated it really liked it. This text was very interesting and enjoyable. In fact, I am keeping this textbook because it is fun to read. Even if you are not taking a class and are interested in film I recommend taking a look at this text. Mar 27, Alborz Taheri rated it liked it. Sep 23, Ellen rated it liked it. Jul 10, Fabio Jones rated it it was amazing.


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