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  • Paperback + Mixed Media
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $83.00
  • October 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-26519-4
  • 576 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Looking at Movies

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Richard Barsam (Author, Hunter College), Dave Monahan (Author, University of North Carolina, Wilmington)


Film analysis starts here.

Looking at Movies is the most effective, engaging, and widely adopted introduction to film analysis available. From its very first chapter, Looking at Movies provides students with all the tools they need to become perceptive viewers of film, including the most sophisticated and seamlessly integrated media resources that are rich with comprehensive analysis and assessment tools ever produced for a textbook in this market. Authoritative, accessible, and of superior value, Looking at Movies offers instructors with abundant teachable resources to help students analyze movies critically and effectively.


The best guide to film analysis

Starting with the familiar, then building in complexity, and supported by smart media resources throughout, Looking at Movies is unrivaled in teaching students how to critically analyze and respond to films. New model analyses throughout the text—supported by end-of-chapter “Looking at” features that examine how elements such editing, acting, and sound shape the viewer’s experience—demonstrate how to view movies with a critical, analytical eye. 

A rich and accessible media package

The Fifth Edition’s unparalleled media program brings the text’s analyses to life with over four hours of moving-image content, including skill-sharpening video tutorials narrated by Dave Monahan, short films, new interactive tutorials offering hands-on practice with cinematic techniques, and much more. Useful instructor resources, such as a new Clip Guide that features suggested examples to inspire in-class screenings and thorough integration of the media with the ebook and Coursepack, offer more without creating work for instructors.    

The best value available

The Fifth Edition offers the most engaging text and sophisticated media resources, all at an unmatched value. With the media-rich ebook, students can have all of the tools offered in the Looking at Movies package for even less.    

    Chapter 1: Looking at Movies
    Chapter 2: Principles of Film Form
    Chapter 3: Types of Movies
    Chapter 4: Elements of Narrative
    Chapter 5: Mise-en-Scéne

    Chapter 6: Cinematography
    Chapter 7: Acting
    Chapter 8: Editing
    Chapter 9: Sound
    Chapter 10: Film History

    Chapter 11: How the Movies Are Made

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