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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.
©2008 Raphael Shargel (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
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By Savvy on 09-25-14

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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By ESK on 07-22-12

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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By Howard on 02-18-12

Pace, Passion... and Gulping

Recommended for its energy and enthusiasm - this is an enthralling gallop through the history of cinema.

The focus is on Prof. Shargel's taste for the Art within film-making so it is personal and subjective. His contempt for vacuous Hollywood action movies is evident! But his exploration is never showy or high-minded, grounded as it is, in the speakers humility, his authentic love of film and its power to touch the human soul. The theme of each illuminating lecture (14 in all) is well chosen and leads naturally into the next.

One minor complaint; Shargel seems to suffer from an excess of saliva production - his delivery is peppered with squelchy gulps which slightly grossed me out! Once over this however, I was riveted for the duration - even by areas which I feared may be dull.

Left me feeling inspired to re-watch some classics and seek out some hitherto unknown films. Great stuff.

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By anna on 06-18-13

Very interesting.. highly recomended..

What did you like about this audiobook?

Interesting and catching attention interpretation of films. Listening to the lectures has changed they way I will look and think about films. I bought few audiobooks about films and this is definitely the best one, comes with access to on-line resources which is a bonus.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Mr Shargel is very passionate and convincing about films and that makes listening even more interesting (not like some emotionless narrators), great knowledge!

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The performance could be improved a bit .. but content is worth listening despite some faults in performance..

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Very much recommended for film students and anyone interested in films - you will look at films in a new way after listening to these lectures..

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By J. P. HIGBED on 04-22-17

Enjoyable, but deserves concentration

I love film as the most democratic of the arts. I thought I would be able to listen to this book "on the move". But it proved to be quite dense in parts. So I finished up listening to it relaxing in my easy chair.

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