Movies and Meaning

Movies and Meaning


  • Author : Stephen Prince
  • Publisher : Prentice Hall
  • Release Date : 2012-01-26
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 504
  • ISBN 10 : 020521102X


Movies and Meaning Book Description :

Updated in a new 6th edition, Movies and Meaning is a comprehensive introduction to the film industry that focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. It examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen.

Movies and Meaning

Movies and Meaning


  • Author : Stephen Prince
  • Publisher : Allyn & Bacon
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 397
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X004069409


Movies and Meaning Book Description :

Designed to give students an introduction to the motion picture medium, this comprehensive book focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. A special feature of the book is the attention given to the ways viewers respond to the elements of film structure.

Movies and Meaning

Movies and Meaning


  • Author : Stephen Prince
  • Publisher : Allyn & Bacon
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 466
  • ISBN 10 : IND:30000086813965


Movies and Meaning Book Description :

This comprehensive introduction to film focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. Using clear, accessible, and jargon-free writing, this is the only introductory film text to examine the elements of film style and the viewer's contribution to the cinema experience. How do viewers interpret the effects filmmakers create? How do filmmakers anticipate, and build on, the likely ways viewers will react to certain kinds of stories and audio-visual designs? The text examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen. This approach helps students understand not only the basic concepts but also how their own reactions and opinions impact the overall film experience.

Movies and Meaning

Movies and Meaning


  • Author : Stephen Prince
  • Publisher : Allyn & Bacon
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 444
  • ISBN 10 : 0205314155


Movies and Meaning Book Description :

Movies and Meaning is a comprehensive introduction to the film industry that focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. It examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen.

Movies with Meaning

Movies with Meaning


  • Author : Daniel Shaw
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-06-29
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474299312


Movies with Meaning Book Description :

This book pairs close readings of some of the classic writings of existentialist philosophers with interpretations of films that reveal striking parallels to each of those texts, demonstrating their respective philosophies in action. Individual chapters include significant excerpts from the original texts being discussed and illustrated. Pairings cover Schopenhauer and Waking Life, Stirner and Hud, Kierkegaard and Winter Light, Nietzsche and The Fountainhead, Heidegger, Blade Runner and The Thin Red Line, Camus, Leaving Las Vegas and Missing, Sartre, Husbands and Wives, and Michael Collins, de Beauvoir and Revolutionary Road, and Foucault and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Movies with Meaning offers a clear and insightful examination of the relationships between existential philosophers and film, providing both digests of their most significant texts and cinematic illustrations of what each had in mind. For the first time in one place, this book analyses the implications for film of the perspectives of a wide array of the most significant existentialist thinkers. Organized chronologically, like most existentialism anthologies, this is an ideal textbook for an intermediate level existentialism course, or as a companion to a selection of primary texts.

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Movies and the Meaning of Life


  • Author : Kimberly A. Blessing
  • Publisher : Open Court
  • Release Date : 2013-12-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812698749


Movies and the Meaning of Life Book Description :

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions," said the existentiallist thinker Albert Camus. And no less a philosopher than Woody Allen has wondered:"How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?" "Movies and the Meaning of Life" looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life); How do I find myself and my true identity? (Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, Memento); How do I find meaning from my interactions with others? (Pulp Fiction, Shadowlands, Chasing Amy); What is the chief purpose in life? (American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption); and How ought I live my life? (Pleasantville, Spiderman, Minority Report, Groundhog Day).

Signs and Meaning in the Cinema

Signs and Meaning in the Cinema


  • Author : Peter Wollen
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-07-25
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781838718190


Signs and Meaning in the Cinema Book Description :

First published in 1969, Signs and Meaning in the Cinema transformed the emerging discipline of film studies. Remarkably eclectic and informed, Peter Wollen's highly influential and groundbreaking work remains a brilliant and accessible theorisation of film as an art form and as a sign system. The book is divided into three main sections. The first explores the work of Sergei Eisenstein as film-maker, designer and aesthetician. The second, which contains a celebrated comparison of the films of John Ford and Howard Hawks, is an exposition and defence of the auteur theory. The third formulates a semiology of the cinema, invoking cinema as an exemplary test-case for comparative aesthetics and general theories of signification. Wollen's Conclusion argues for an avant-garde cinema, bringing post-structuralist ideas into his discussion of Godard and other contemporaries. Published as part of the BFI Silver series, this fifth edition features a new foreword by film theorist David Rodowick and brings together material from the four previous editions, inviting the reader to trace the development of Wollen's thinking, and the unfolding of the discourse of cinema.

Style and Meaning

Style and Meaning


  • Author : University of Reading
  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-08-06
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 0719065259


Style and Meaning Book Description :

With a common focus on the decisions made by filmmakers, the essays in this collection explore different aspects of the relationship between textual detail and broader conceptual frameworks. These texts reflect not only those areas of film history which have traditionally been explored through mise-en-scène criticism, but also areas such as the avant-garde and television drama which have not tended to receive such detailed investigation. In these ways, the book conducts a series of dialogues with issues in film study which are specifically provoked by close analysis.

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg


  • Author : Philip M. Taylor
  • Publisher : Burns & Oates
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015047720449


Steven Spielberg Book Description :

On Spielberg's life and works

An Introduction to Film Analysis

An Introduction to Film Analysis


  • Author : Michael Ryan
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2020-04-16
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501318559


An Introduction to Film Analysis Book Description :

An Introduction to Film Analysis is designed to introduce students to filmmaking techniques while also providing an invaluable guide to film interpretation. It takes readers step by step through: -the basic technical terms -shot-by-shot analyses of film sequences -set design, composition, editing, camera work, post-production, art direction and more -each chapter provides clear examples and full colour images from classic as well as contemporary films Ryan and Lenos's updated edition introduces students to the different kinds of lenses and their effects, the multiple possibilities of lighting, and the way post-production modifies images through such processes as saturation and desaturation. Students will learn to ask why the camera is placed where it is, why an edit occurs where it does, or why the set is designed in a certain way. The second section of the book focuses on critical analysis, introducing students to the various approaches to film, from psychology to history, with new analysis on postcolonial, transnational and Affect Theory. New to this edition is a third section featuring several in-depth analyses of films to put into practice what comes before: The Birds, The Shining, Vagabond, In the Mood for Love, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.