Reading the Silver Screen

Reading the Silver Screen

Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes an indispensable analysis of our most celebrated medium, film.

No art form is as instantly and continuously gratifying as film. When the house lights go down and the lion roars, we settle in to be shocked, frightened, elated, moved, and thrilled. We expect magic. While we’re being exhilarated and terrified, our minds are also processing data of all sorts—visual, linguistic, auditory, spatial—to collaborate in the construction of meaning.

Thomas C. Foster’s Reading the Silver Screen will show movie buffs, students of film, and even aspiring screenwriters and directors how to transition from merely being viewers to becoming accomplished readers of this great medium. Beginning with the grammar of film, Foster demonstrates how every art form has a grammar, a set of practices and if-then propositions that amount to rules. He goes on to explain how the language of film enables movies to communicate the purpose behind their stories and the messages they are striving to convey to audiences by following and occasionally breaking these rules.

Using the investigative approach readers love in How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster examines this grammar of film through various classic and current movies both foreign and domestic, with special recourse to the “AFI 100 Years-100 Movies” lists. The categories are idiosyncratic yet revealing.

In Reading the Silver Screen, readers will gain the expertise and confidence to glean all they can from the movies they love.

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Chapters

  • 001 Reading The Silver Screen

    Duration: 16s

  • 002 Preface

    Duration: 20min

  • 003 Introduction

    Duration: 43min

  • 004 Chapter 01

    Duration: 23min

  • 005 Chapter 02

    Duration: 30min

  • 006 Chapter 03

    Duration: 36min

  • 007 Chapter 04

    Duration: 21min

  • 008 Chapter 05

    Duration: 16min

  • 009 Chapter 06

    Duration: 29min

  • 010 Chapter 07

    Duration: 23min

  • 011 Chapter 08

    Duration: 26min

  • 012 Chapter 09

    Duration: 22min

  • 013 Chapter 10

    Duration: 33min

  • 014 Interlude

    Duration: 13min

  • 015 Chapter 11

    Duration: 28min

  • 016 Chapter 12

    Duration: 32min

  • 017 Chapter 13

    Duration: 51min

  • 018 Chapter 14

    Duration: 40min

  • 019 Chapter 15

    Duration: 37min

  • 020 Chapter 16

    Duration: 29min

  • 021 Chapter 17

    Duration: 24min

  • 022 Homework Assignment

    Duration: 02min

  • 023 Chapter 18

    Duration: 31min

  • 024 Chapter 19

    Duration: 31min

  • 025 Chapter 20

    Duration: 33min

  • 026 Conclusion

    Duration: 13min

  • 027 Credits

    Duration: 33s

  • sample

    Duration: 01min

  • 001 Reading The Silver Screen

    Duration: 16s

  • 002 Preface

    Duration: 20min

  • 003 Introduction

    Duration: 43min

  • 004 Chapter 01

    Duration: 23min

  • 005 Chapter 02

    Duration: 30min

  • 006 Chapter 03

    Duration: 36min

  • 007 Chapter 04

    Duration: 21min

  • 008 Chapter 05

    Duration: 16min

  • 009 Chapter 06

    Duration: 29min

  • 010 Chapter 07

    Duration: 23min

  • 011 Chapter 08

    Duration: 26min

  • 012 Chapter 09

    Duration: 22min

  • 013 Chapter 10

    Duration: 33min

  • 014 Interlude

    Duration: 13min

  • 015 Chapter 11

    Duration: 28min

  • 016 Chapter 12

    Duration: 32min

  • 017 Chapter 13

    Duration: 51min

  • 018 Chapter 14

    Duration: 40min

  • 019 Chapter 15

    Duration: 37min

  • 020 Chapter 16

    Duration: 29min

  • 021 Chapter 17

    Duration: 24min

  • 022 Homework Assignment

    Duration: 02min

  • 023 Chapter 18

    Duration: 31min

  • 024 Chapter 19

    Duration: 31min

  • 025 Chapter 20

    Duration: 33min

  • 026 Conclusion

    Duration: 13min

  • 027 Credits

    Duration: 33s

  • sample

    Duration: 01min