Film

Film

A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Offers a wealth of insight into the paradoxical nature of film, considering its role and impact on society in the 20th century as well as its future in the digital age. Original.

Blackwell UK
Considered by some to be the dominant art form of the twentieth century, film has come to encompass many things---a record of events, a modern mythology, a hobby, a career, and an entire industry---but it is, above all, a means of telling stories through images and sounds. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Wood provides a brief history and examination of the nature of the medium of film, its role and impact on society, and its future in the digital age

`a thoroughly good idea. Snappy, small-format ... stylish design ... perfect to pop into your pocket for spare moments'---Lisa Jardine, The Times

`Expert, concise but far from bland, Oxford's Very Short Introductions series must rank by now as a thinking reader's Wikipedia'---Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

Blackwell Publishing
Considered by some to be the dominant art form of the twentieth century, film has come to encompass many things-a record of events, a modern mythology, a hobby, a career, and an entire industry-but it is, above all, a means of telling stories through images and sounds. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Wood provides a brief history and examination of the nature of the medium of film, its role and impact on society, and its future in the digital age.

Oxford University Press
Film is arguably the dominant art form of the twentieth century. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Wood offers a wealth of insight into the nature of film, considering its role and impact on society as well as its future in the digital age. As Wood notes, film is many things, but it has become above all a means of telling stories through images and sounds. The stories are often quite false, frankly and beautifully fantastic, and they are sometimes insistently said to be true. Indeed, many condemn movies as an instrument of illusion, an emphatic way of seeing what is not there. And others celebrate the reverse: that film brings us closest to the world as it actually is. "Photography is truth," a character says in a film by Jean-Luc Godard. "And cinema is the truth twenty-four times per second." But they are stories in either case, and there are very few films, Wood observes, even in avant-garde art, that don't imply or quietly slip into narrative.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Oxford University Press, 2012
Description: xiv, 138 p. : ill. ; 18 cm
ISBN: 9780192803535
0192803530
Branch Call Number: 791.43 Woo

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