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Books on movies

Posted: December 1st, 2019, 8:20 pm
by Coryn
Hi guys

I am looking for books on movies, especially books which go broad. I am for example not looking for books on a single director, a single movie, camera techniques, ...
The books I like to read on movies are for example:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3893006-film

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/783 ... re_You_Die


They especially help me in my 2nd hobby which is quizzing. Any recommendations I could ask for christmas ?

Re: Books on movies

Posted: December 2nd, 2019, 10:43 am
by Lonewolf2003
Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell is sure recom. It gives a great explanation about the different aspects of filmmaking, which helps to understand and analyse movies beter. And it uses all kind of example from movies for this so it’s easier to understand.

Re: Books on movies

Posted: December 2nd, 2019, 2:23 pm
by Carmel1379
Mark Cousins' The Story of Film (and the 15 hour long mini-series), Cook's A History of Narrative Film, or the Bordwell+Thompson book Lonewolf suggested are safe bets for general coverage of 20th century narrative film history and world cinema

I made a similar thread to this one a while back, funky made an extensive post in it

Re: Books on movies

Posted: December 2nd, 2019, 4:58 pm
by Traveller
Sorry for hijacking, but has anyone read The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film by Stanley Cavell? Also, does anyone have recommendations for books similar to Deleuze' books on cinema?

Re: Books on movies

Posted: December 2nd, 2019, 10:07 pm
by Lilarcor
A new book that I found enjoyable (mostly light) read is Unwatchable. 50 short essays reflecting on what is "unwatchable" around us, so not only talking about films, but should be interesting to most I think. Not the kind of book you read start to finish, but one for which I have picked an essay to read here and there.

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/39983410

Re: Books on movies

Posted: June 10th, 2021, 9:44 pm
by Cinephile
Coryn wrote: December 1st, 2019, 8:20 pm Hi guys

I am looking for books on movies, especially books which go broad. I am for example not looking for books on a single director, a single movie, camera techniques, ...
The books I like to read on movies are for example:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3893006-film

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/783 ... re_You_Die


They especially help me in my 2nd hobby which is quizzing. Any recommendations I could ask for christmas ?
While you have said that you are not looking for books about specific directors, films, etc., and while the books that I am about to suggest technically are, I believe that you should still give them a chance nonetheless, for they are actually about much more and as I consider them as the greatest and most important books about cinema as an artform, books that have completely changed the way in which I view the medium. These books, authored by the person whom I consider as the most important theoretician and scholar of cinema as an artform, are: Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, “American Dreaming: The Films of John Cassavetes and the American Experience,” (Berkeley and Los Angeles, California and London: University of California Press, 1985); Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, “Acknowledgments,” “Contents,” “Introduction,” “A Brief Chronology of Adams’ Life,” “A Note on the Text,” “Notes,” “Glossary of Architectural Terms,” “Suggestions for Further Reading,” and “Index,” To: Adams, Henry Brooks Frances Snow Compton, “Mont Saint Michel and Chartres,” (Penguin Classics, New York, New York, Markham and Toronto, Ontario, Harmondsworth, London, Dublin, Ringwood and Camberwell, Victoria, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, Auckland, North Shore, and Johannesburg: Viking Penguin Books and Pearson, 1986), Pp. v–vi, vii–viii, ix–xxxviii, xxxix–xl, xli–xlii, 361–376, 377–379, 380, and 381–398; Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, “American Vision: The Films of Frank Capra,” (Cambridge, London, New York and New Rochelle, New York, Oakleigh and Melbourne, Victoria, and Sydney, New South Wales: Cambridge University Press, 1986); Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, “Speaking the Language of Desire: The Films of Carl Dreyer,” (Cambridge, New York and New Rochelle, New York, Oakleigh and Melbourne, Victoria, and Sydney, New South Wales: Cambridge University Press, 1989); Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, “The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies,” (Photographs: Shaw, Samuel and Shaw, Larry, Cambridge Film Classics, General Editor: Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, Cambridge, New York, New York, Oakleigh, Melbourne, and Port Melbourne, Victoria, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapura, São Paulo, São Paulo, Delhi and New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, Dubai, Dubai, Tôkyô, and México, Distrito Federal: Cambridge University Press, 1994); Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, “Escape Velocity: Notes on Beat Film,” “The Beat Movement in Film: A Comprehensive Screening List,” and “No Exit: John Cassavetes’ Shadows,” In: Phillips, Lisa, (Editor), “Beat Culture and the New America: 1950–1965,” (New York, New York and Paris: Whitney Museum of American Art and Éditions Flammarion, 1995), Pp. 190–209, 210–214, and 235–243; Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, “When Mind Is a Verb: Thomas Eakins and the Work of Doing,” In: Dickstein, Morris, (Editor), “The Revival of Pragmatism: New Essays on Social Thought, Law, and Culture,” (Post-Contemporary Interventions, Series Editors: Fish, Stanley Eugene and Jameson, Fredric Ruff, Durham, North Carolina and London: Duke University Press, 1998), Pp. 377–403; Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, “Two Forms of Cinematic Modernism: Notes Toward a Pragmatic Aesthetic,” In: Ludington, Charles Townsend, Junior, (Editor), and Fahy, Thomas Richard and Reuning, Sarah Patrick, (Assistant Editors), “A Modern Mosaic: Art and Modernism in the United States,” (Chapel Hill, North Carolina and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2000), Pp. 357–416; Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior and Quart, Leonard, “The Films of Mike Leigh: Embracing the World,” (Cambridge Film Classics, General Editor: Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, Cambridge, New York, New York, Oakleigh, Melbourne, and Port Melbourne, Victoria, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapura, São Paulo, São Paulo, Delhi and New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, Dubai, Dubai, Tôkyô, and México, Distrito Federal: Cambridge University Press, 2000); Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, (Editor), “Cassavetes on Cassavetes,” (London and New York, New York: Faber and Faber and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001); and Carney, Raymond Francis, Junior, “Shadows,” (British Film Institute Film Classics, Series Editor: White, Robert Hanley Gregor, Series Consultants: Buscombe, Edward, MacCabe, Colin Myles Joseph, and Meeker, David, London, Basingstoke, Bloomington, Indiana, and Berkeley, California: British Film Institute Publishing, Palgrave Macmillan, Indiana University Press, and University of California Press, 2001).

Re: Books on movies

Posted: June 11th, 2021, 1:15 pm
by 3eyes
another older list on this topic: http://forum.icmforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=1724&1/