Film Studies
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Film Studies

An Introduction

Ed Sikov

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Film Studies

An Introduction

Ed Sikov

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Ed Sikov builds a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema, detailing the essential elements of film form and systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic. Sikov primes the eye and mind in the special techniques of film analysis. His description of mise-en-scene helps readers grasp the significance of montage, which in turn reveals the importance of a director's use of camera movement. He treats a number of fundamental factors in filmmaking, including editing, composition, lighting, the use of color and sound, and narrative. Film Studies works with any screening list and can be used within courses on film history, film theory, or popular culture. Straightforward explanations of core critical concepts, practical advice, and suggested assignments on particular technical, visual, and aesthetic aspects further anchor the reader's understanding of the formal language and anatomy of film.

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy ratio
acting, analyzing and writing about, acting styles
action films
The Actors Studio
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)
Aldrich, Robert: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Alien (1979)
All About Eve (1950)
Allegheny Uprising (1939)
Altman, Rick
Altman, Robert: The Long Goodbye (1973)
ambient sounds
Amblin Entertainment
American Cinema (Sarris)
American Film/American Culture (Belton)
American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States (AFI Catalog)
American Gangster (2007)
American montage
American Optical Company, amplitude
analog recording and editing
analysis in film studies: of acting, of attribution, of camera movement, of cinematography, discussed, of genre, of scene-to-scene editing, of shots, of shot-to-shot editing, of sound, of special effects, of story
anamorphic frames
anamorphic lens
Anderson, Paul Thomas, Boogie Nights (1997)
Angels and Demons (2009)
animation cels
Aniston, Jennifer
Annie Hall (1977)
Anschutz, Philip
The Apartment (1960)
A pictures
The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895)
art, films as
art director. See production designer
Arzner, Dorothy, Christopher Strong (1933)
aspect ratio: depicted, discussed, form and meaning, See also Academy ratio; CinemaScope; Panavision; VistaVision; widescreen processes
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Astruc, Alexandre
asynchronous sounds, See also offscreen sound
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
Audition (1999)
Auntie Em (movie character)
aural space
auteur theory
authorship in filmmaking
avant-garde films
backstage musicals
Back to the Future III (1990)
Bad Guy type
Badlands (1973)
Bale, Christian
Ball of Fire (1941)
Bardot, Brigitte
Barrymore, Drew
Barrymore, John
base (motion picture film)
baseball films
Batman (1989)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Bazin, André
behind the camera space
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Bell Labs
Belton, John
best boy
Bigger Than Life (1956)
The Big Heat (1952)
The Big Sleep (1946)
bird’s-eye shots
black-and-white cinematogr...

Table of contents

  1. Cover 
  2. Half title
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents 
  7. Preface: What This Book is—and What It’s Not
  8. Introduction: Representation and Reality
  9. One: Mise-en-Scene: Within the Image
  10. Two: Mise-en-Scene: Camera Movement
  11. Three: Mise-en-Scene: Cinematography
  12. Four: Editing: From Shot to Shot
  13. Five: Sound
  14. Six: Narrative: From Scene to Scene
  15. Seven: From Screenplay to Film
  16. Eight: Filmmakers
  17. Nine: Performance
  18. Ten: Genre
  19. Eleven: Special Effects
  20. Twelve: Putting It Together: A Model 8- to 10-Page Paper
  21. Glossary
  22. Acknowledgments
  23. Index
  24. Series List
Citation styles for Film Studies

APA 6 Citation

Sikov, E. (2009). Film Studies ([edition unavailable]). Columbia University Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2009)

Chicago Citation

Sikov, Ed. (2009) 2009. Film Studies. [Edition unavailable]. Columbia University Press.

Harvard Citation

Sikov, E. (2009) Film Studies. [edition unavailable]. Columbia University Press. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Sikov, Ed. Film Studies. [edition unavailable]. Columbia University Press, 2009. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.