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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Looking at Movies by Richard Barsam. An Introduction to Film by Richard Barsam. Shaped by Richard Barsam’s more than twenty years of classroom experience, “Looking at Movies” uses students’ natural enthusiasm for the subject as a foundation for going beyond enjoyment toward intelligent, analytical understanding of movies.
Professor Barsam’s clear writing, thorough presentation of fundamental film principles, and unique pedagogical additions to the tra Shaped by Richard Barsam’s more than twenty years of classroom experience, “Looking at Movies” uses students’ natural enthusiasm for the subject as a foundation for going beyond enjoyment toward intelligent, analytical movvies of movies.
Professor Barsam’s moives writing, kovies presentation of fundamental film principles, and unique pedagogical additions to the traditional introductory text– including an entire chapter devoted to analytical writing– ensure that students approach screenings and writing assignments equipped with the analytical tools necessary to be active, insightful interpreters of movies. PaperbackSecond Edition. Published November 1st by W.
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A Critical Introduction” in other classes say they prefer the Barsam to both of those. Barsam covers all the requisite formal elements narrative, cinematography, mise-en-scene, acting, editing, etc. But Barsam’s book is better organized than most. Giannetti, by contrast, moovies a entire chapter on movement, whereas Barsam handles camera movement in his cinematography chapter and movement within the image in his chapter on mise-en-scene–which I think makes much more sense.
The new 3rd edition of “Looking at Movies” adds a valuable and much-needed chapter on film history and expands the discussion of film technology, production and marketing. And of course, Barsam’s book like most others is copiously illustrated, with helpful captions and the layout and design is better in Barsam’s than in most other texts of this sort.
The writing is engaging, readable and informative. In short, a great text.
The new edition does have a few weaknesses, however–at least, in my opinion. Firstly, the book now takes an awfully long time to get going: Barsam has added and re-arranged material into three long wind-up chapters lokking film appreciation, film forms and film types. The better solution–I think–would have been simply to ar the old material and include the lookiing material as well as some of the original material in other other chapters where it topically belongs moving the discussion of genres, for example, into the chapter on narrative.
As is, the reader or teacher and student either has to wade through all that preliminary discussion prior to getting to the really meaty material, or she has to jump around in the book and split up the reading so as to address everything that is topically related in one read. Secondly, Barsa now pays almost no attention at all to film theory and theorists, even in the film history chapter Giannetti, by contrast, has an entire chapter on theory, while other authors cover theory piecemeal throughout their respective texts.
The 2nd edition had an entire chapter on film theory and criticism.
It was admittedly a bit clunky, but the better solution would have been to rewrite it, not remove it entirely–which leaves a gaping hole in what is otherwise admirable coverage of all the important topics. Lastly, Barsam has a quirky understanding of mise-en-scene, broadening the concept so much that it becomes almost synonymous with the movie per se, rather than restricting mise-en-scene to a focus on the image and its composition and constituent components–although, to his credit, Barsam admits as much to the reader and then proceeds to handle his actual analyses much as everyone else does.
It is possible to buy the text bundled with a small booklet on writing about movies which is a pretty good treatment and a truly excellent dvd with film shorts and some of the best tutorials by David Monahan available anywhere. The dvd alone is almost worth the purchase price of the book, and is an invaluable student resource. All things considered, then, despite the puzzling loss of the theory chapterBarsam’s “Looking at Movies” is the best all-around choice for an introduction to film text, and I highly recommend it.
It’s a good text for Aesthetics of Film, the course I teach with my husband, but the book seems obsessed with Johnny Depp, which, with all due respect, we don’t get.? If one has to read an entire textbook cover to cover in lieu of any meaningful instruction from one’s film studies teacher, this particular text book is a probably among your best bets. Aug 03, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: After reading this book cover to cover I can say that overall this is not a bad text to read.
Some sections are a little too extensive in their review of particular films and forms. This is a great guide to use when taking a basic college course on film and explains technical terms and theories for investigating film very well. Richard Barsam does provide a wide array of examples from nearly all genres of film which makes identifying the properties easier. At the end of the text be sure to note After reading this book cover to cover I can say that overall this is not a bad text to read.
Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film
At the end of the text be sure to note the list of Academy Award Winners for Best Picture, Sight and Sound’s top ten movies list, and top one hundred films lists of The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, and American Film Institute for some further film viewing and analysis. The Appendix also provides some useful information on Hollywood production systems, studios, unions, the ratings system, and producers and directors. Chapter 1 — Looking at Movies p.
Chapter 2 — Principles of Film Form p. In the world of movies, form is cinematic language: Chapter 3 — Types of Movies p. Chapter 4 — Elements of Narrative p. The person, people, creature, or force responsible for obstructing our protagonist is known as the antagonist. In other words, the deeper we get into the story, the greater the risk to our protagonist. The stakes are rising because the obstacles are becoming increasingly difficult for our protagonist to navigate.
Over the course of the second act, narrative typically builds toward a peak, a breaking point of sorts, as the conflict intensifies and goal remains out of reach. This rising action, and the tension it provokes, enhances our engagement with the ongoing narrative. This narrative peak is called the crisis. The goal is in its greatest jeopardy, and an affirmative answer to the central question seems all but impossible.
The climax comes when the protagonist faces this major obstacle. In the process, usually the protagonist must take a great risk, make a significant sacrifice, or overcome a personal flaw.
As the term implies, the climax tends to be the most impressive event in the movie. Aristotle said that a good story should have three sequential parts: The Rhetoric of Narrative in Fiction and Film I read this for my film class and it was really cool.
I enjoyed reading it and I learned a lot about film and film techniques and now I keep noticing them in things I watch. Feb 09, David rated it really liked it. If you like movies and want to get more meaning from them this is a great textbook to read. It was pretty decent. A perfect book for understanding Cinema and it’s various forms. The book is very well written and organized.
A must read for every Film students. Even though the class I took for reading this book was a waste of time, I did find this interesting. As a huge move buff, this book informed me about the art of film and helped me appreciate the work and magic behind what makes a movie a classic.
It is one-of the most over written self involved pieces of text I have ever had the dis plessure of reading. There is so much text its almost impossible to learn anything let alone study this piece of crap for a test im sure to take loooing the end of each chapter.
To quote ” movies have defined America” B S Talk about an over-lown sense of importance give the fact the the fiml industry is the only business the has well over 20 award shows so they cant patt themselfs on the back at how great they are It is one-of the most over written self involved pieces of text I have ever had the dis plessure of reading. To quote ” movies have defined America” B S Talk about an over-lown sense of importance give the fact the the fiml industry is the only business the has well over 20 award shows so they cant patt themselfs on the back at how great they are im not surpised of how much ego if find in this book.
Ay please tell the guy who wrote this piece of barsamm exceiment that when you put a photo in a text book the caption dosnt have to give the photos life story If your a student and your class calls for the use and study of this book do your self a favor and drop the class because trust me you do not want to have to use this book unless you have a extra 40 hours of reading time a week you can spare.
Picked this up in a second-hand shop on a whim, I wanted to learn how to appreciate movies more and it helped me achieve just that. Seeing as it’s a textbook and not an interactive site, there is something lost in transitioning from paper to the actual moving material.
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That being said I think the official edition comes with a DVD ta acts as a supplement. Aug 17, Grace Jensen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Okay, I read a college textbook for fun. Considering movvies much of a fan I am over movies, actors, and oloking stories, it was a wonderful read to get as much information about theory and behind the scenes techniques. This is a really well organized textbook and is very easy to understand.
It’s a great introduction on how to analyze movies, but might seem like common sense to those people who already have an understanding of film in this way. Dec 31, Ayah A. I learned lookung lot, but this book, like most textbooks, has awful writing. Grammar mistakes on every page, lots of redundancy etc. Not a bad first look at film, and all the stills printed in the chapters have their original aspect ratio.
This is one of my favorite text books I have ever had to get for a class. Very easy to follow along and read!
This was an online class that Lokking took that needed this book and I am soo glad I took the class this book is really great. Pretty good introductory textbook on film and filmmaking. Nov 13, Brooke rated it it was amazing. If you’re interested in how to analyze film, this is a great book. It hits all the big aspects of film review and has lots of examples.