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

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