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If it were titled as such, I would give this 5 stars across the board. Alas, it's subtitled as a book for film lovers. It's not. Almost everything that is in it, I already knew. This is a book for beginners. In that regard, it's an excellent introduction to the subject.
A little OT, but I highly recommend the author's books on literature. They did provide me with a new way of looking at the classics.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Foster's overriding message made me sad: only movies made by white men will be given serious consideration in his book.
What could Thomas C. Foster have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Foster, while very knowledgeable in certain areas, has a myopic view of cinema. His lengthy discussions focus almost exclusively on movies made by white men (there is a brief mention of Nora Ephron and her RomComs) While there is no doubt that the films that he repeatedly celebrates are wonderful, the shockingly narrow focus of the collection compromises his credibility--as well as that of his editor. I would have loved to see Foster discuss films made by a richer mix of directors--men, women, people of color, etc -and demonstrate that great art is made by all kinds of people. Instead, he chose irresponsibly to perpetuate the white male myth...and that is not good for anyone.
What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?
Great voice, good pacing and pleasant to listen to.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Reading the Silver Screen?
The parts where he tries to demonstrate how many shots it takes to create a scene did not work. I think the first time he does this is with Bourne Identity. He counts out something like 50+ shots. This might work in a printed book but in an Audible it got tedious.
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