Philosophy of Motion Pictures is a first-of-its-kind, bottom-up introduction to this bourgeoning field of study. Topics include film as art, medium specificity, defining motion pictures, representation, editing, narrative, emotion and evaluation.
Clearly written and supported with a wealth of examples
Explores characterizations of key elements of motion pictures –the shot, the sequence, the erotetic narrative, and its modes of affective address
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a fundamental introductory book on motion pictures as seen by a movie enthusiast. Extremely wordy in an attempt to tie various subjects, drawn from an extensive bibliography list, this book strives to provide an erotetic medium for the reader, but leans toward the writer's definition of art. Holy cow! That last sentence describes the book well, but isn't the most exciting thing to read. If you enjoyed my sentence, you'll have a hard time putting this book down. On one hand it's an introductory book, on the other you might have to spend a few days watching the same films the author has to follow along - and keep a dictionary handy. Not a bad book and the author put a lot of work into it; I really had a hard time rating between three star and four. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt because it does point to further reading on many of the points. If looking to this book for inspiration on your own motion picture ideas, you might end up with the same questions you started...
I am reading this book in a 200 level philosophy class: Philosophy looks at film. The book is very interesting, I am learning some stuff about cinema and art in General that I never used to pay attention to.
I thought with knowledge came power, but I guess "power" meant "Amazon.com receipt" on 1/16/11 (that's when I bought this book). Reading this has yet to translate into satisfactory funding for film ideas I have had. Giving it 5 stars because Carroll finally dared to tackle society's #1 taboo.
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