The Film Appreciation Book: The Film Course You Always Wanted to Take

The Film Appreciation Book: The Film Course You Always Wanted to Take

by Jim Piper

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This is a book for cinephiles, pure and simple. Author and filmmaker, Jim Piper, shares his vast knowledge of film and analyzes the most striking components of the best movies ever made. From directing to cinematography, from editing and music to symbolism and plot development, The Film Appreciation Book covers hundreds of the greatest works in cinema, combining history, technical knowledge, and the art of enjoyment to explain why some movies have become the most treasured and entertaining works ever available to the public, and why these movies continue to amaze viewers after decades of notoriety.

Read about such classic cinematic masterpieces as Citizen Kane, Gandhi, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, True Grit, Gone With the Wind, and The Wizard of Oz, as well as more recent accomplishments in feature films, such as Requiem for a Dream, Munich, The King’s Speech, and The Hurt Locker.

Piper breaks down his analysis for you and points out aspects of production that movie-lovers (even the devoted ones) would never recognize on their own. This book will endlessly fascinate, and by the time you get to the last chapter, you’re ready to start all over again. In-depth analysis and thoughtful and wide-ranging film choices from every period of cinema history will ensure that you never tire of this reading companion to film.

Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621534471
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 308,070
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Jim Piper has taught filmmaking for over thirty years. He is the author of several books, including Making Short Films and Get the Picture? The Movie Lover’s Guide to Watching Films (both published by Allworth Press). He lives in Fresno California.

Table of Contents

About the Book v


1 Frame 3

2 Composition 16

3 Movement 30

4 Lighting 37

5 imaging 50


6 The Grammar of Editing 61

7 Editing Sound and Image 68

8 Editing Space and Time 73

9 The Art of Editing 80


10 Hollywood Style 91

11 Independent Styles Before 1960 99

12 Independent Styles After 1960 108

13 Other Styles 120

14 "Indies" International: Western Europe 132

15 "Indies" International: Moving East and South 143


16 Spoken Words 161

17 Music 170

18 Mix and Dub 184


19 Story: Conflict and Meaning 193

20 Technique, Structure, and Meaning 205

21 Characters 213

22 Relationships 224

23 Setting 235

24 Symbols, Metaphors, Allegories, and Meaningful Details 246

25 Wrap-Up: An Analysis of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 257

Index 265

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