This ambitiously titled text on the art and craft of
the cinema actually lives up to its name. Kawin, a film
historian and Faulkner scholar who teaches film and English at
the University of Colorado, has compiled a wealth of information on filmmaking, film
aesthetics, and the film industry today between these covers.
Kawin manages to explain and define the most important terms
and techniques used in filmmaking and criticism. At the same
time, he embarks on complex yet highly readable analyses of
milestones by such directors as Hitchcock and Coppola -- as well
as the independent film of pioneers like Stan Brakhage and Maya
Deren. From start to finish, from The 400 Blows to Flashdance,
Kawin’s book is immersed enthusiastically in the endless
possibilities of the cinema.
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