Understanding Movies: The Art and History of Film

  • by Raphael Shargel
  • 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Why does the cinema have the power to move the heart, stimulate the mind, and dazzle the imagination? How did the art of film develop from its origins to the present day?
This course covers the history and aesthetics of the movies. It traces the experiments and innovations that gave rise to the modern cinema, developing a vocabulary that helps explain the variety of choices filmmakers make when they construct shots and edit them together.
In each lecture, Professor Raphael Shargel introduces a period of film history, talks about its importance, covers aspects of cinematic technique, and illustrates his points by analyzing specific movies from the era under discussion. The course thus has both breadth and depth, covering the major movements in film history while at the same time focusing on key pictures worthy of study and enjoyment.

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It's better than everybody else is saying

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Every other review mentions the normal noises the narrator makes and it just isn't as big a deal as everybody else is making it to be. Listening to the book is a perfectly fine experience; the content is superb if you're interested in the history of cinema.

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- Savvy

Educational! But ...the mike's too close!

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Mr. Shargel is a passionate and charismatic lecturer, compelling to listen to. But he's a hard swallower, I must admit. But anyway, if you're interested in film studies, don't hesitate to buy it.


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- ESK

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books