Talking Pictures

Talking Pictures

How to Watch Movies

Book - 2017
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A veteran film critic offers a lively, opinionated guide to thinking and talking about movies--from Casablanca to Clueless

Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations among friends, we all need ways to look at and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a Nora Ephron romantic comedy, how can everyday viewers determine what makes a good movie?

In Talking Pictures, veteran film critic Ann Hornaday walks us through the production of a typical movie--from script and casting to final sound edit--and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. How do we know if a film has been well-written, above and beyond snappy dialogue? What constitutes a great screen performance? What goes into praiseworthy cinematography, editing, and sound design? And what does a director really do? In a new epilogue, Hornaday addresses important questions of representation in film and the industry and how this can, and should, effect a movie-watching experience. Full of engaging anecdotes and interviews with actors and filmmakers, Talking Pictures will help us see movies in a whole new light-not just as fans, but as film critics in our own right.

Baker & Taylor
Offers a guide to the aesthetic and technical elements of movies, exploring how readers may evaluate these elements in order to see movies in a new way, as well as sharing the author's personal insights and opinions.

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Film critic Hornaday breaks down the moving parts to film for moviegoers, bestowing upon them the savvy to watch with a critical eye. Her book serves as a guide for appreciating movies more fully when the movies succeed, and for explaining the missteps when they miss the mark. The book is structured roughly according to a film’s production, starting with the script, then moving to casting and production design, cinematography, et cetera. In every chapter, she includes examples of movies that capture the principles and best practices of a particular cinematic discipline, most culled from Hollywood’s Golden Age, from the 1930s through the 1950s, and from the 1970s up to present moment. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A veteran film critic, walking readers through the production of a typical movie, from the writing of the script to the final sound edit, presents an entertaining guide to thinking and talking about movies that features anecdotes and interviews with actors and filmmakers. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780465094233
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 22 cm


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