Film Studies: An Introduction
Having spent twenty-five years teaching film studies to well over a thousand students, Ed Sikov knows exactly how to introduce the subject to first-time learners. In Film Studies, he builds a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema. He details the essential elements of film form, systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic of film, priming the eye and the mind in the special techniques of film analysis. An explanation of mise-en-scene helps students grasp the significance of montage; a familiarity with montage reveals the importance of a director’s use of camera movements. Other aspects discussed include editing, composition, lighting, the use of color and sound, and narrative. Film Studies works with any screening list, enabling instructors to design their course around film history, film theory, or popular culture; and straightforward explanations of core critical terms, practical advice, and suggested assignments on particular technical, visual, and aesthetic aspects of analysis further anchor the student’s understanding of the formal language and anatomy of cinema.
About the Author
Ed Sikov has taught at Haverford College, Colorado College, and Columbia University. He is the author of seven books, including On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder, Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis, Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers, and Laughing Hysterically: American Screen Comedy of the 1950s. He lives in New York City.
Ed Sikov is undeniably brilliant at explaining things–his style is unusually lucid. — Robert Lang, University of Hartford Ed Sikov has written a film book that is both user friendly and genuinely helpful to anyone who is starting out in learning how to ‘read’ films. He explains in good, clear, and often witty language the basics of film analysis. His book bristles with helpful information and prose that allows information to be ingested painlessly–in fact pleasurably–by the student. — John Simons, Colorado College
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