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  • ISBN: 9780028639888
  • ISBN10: 002863988X

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Movies, Flicks, and Film

by Mark Winokur

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publish date: 12/01/2000
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Description: I. WHAT IS FILM? 1. Flicks, Movies, and Films: Developing Distinction. When Is a Movie a Film? Old Movies. Foreign Films. Avant-Garde Cinema. Taking in a Movie vs. Watching a Film How to Watch a Flick as If It Were a Film. Entertainment. Didacticism. Some Examples to Contrast. 2. Lights, Camera, Action! There Are Many Ways of Making Films. Development: Birth of a Notion. Ethel, I Have an Idea: The Story. Magic and Mud. Preproduction. Storyboarding. Scripting. Location, Location, Location. Technical Concerns. The Big Production. The Breakdown Script. Principal and Other Photography. Postproduction. Editing. Sound Mix. To Market, to Market, to Market We. Some Films Worth Viewing. 3. From First Fidelity to First Run: Film Economies. The Economic and Industrial Setting: The Primitive Era. Production, Distribution, Exhibition. Production. Getting Gold in the Golden Era. Financing Now. Distribution. Primitive Distribution. Block Booking. Exhibition(ists). Nickelodeons. Movie Palaces. Drive-Ins: Asphalt and Art. Multiplex Madness. Stars' Bucks. Independent Films Today. Foreign Films. Some Films About the Film Industry. 4. Gaffers, Grips, and Gofers: The Personnel. Mystifying Movies. Employment History. Unions. The First Unions. Unions in the McCarthy Era. I'm Stickin' to the Union-Not: Labor Today. The Job Descriptions. Films Worth Viewing. II. A BRIEF HISTORY OF (MOSTLY AMERICAN) FILM. 5. The Earliest History of the Movies. Film Firsts and First Films. Before There Was Filma. The Big Breakthroughs. Mechanics and Movement. You're Projecting, Louis! Rolls and Rolls of Celluloid. The Illusion Is Complete. Cinema at the Century. The First Movie Monopoly. Seven Early Silents to Savor. D. W. Griffith and the "Birth" of Narrative Film. The Michelangelo of Film. D. W. and His Klan. 6. The Quiet Pleasures of Silent Film. Learning to Love, Honor, and Cherish Silent Film. Why Bother'. Reasons to Shut Up and Watch. Studio City. HollyWorld. The Giant Sucking Sound. Born in the USAaNot! New Directions. The Ones to Watch. Committing (to) Harry Carey: The Early Genre Film. Film West, Young Man! Reel Funny. Silent Stars. The Best Medicine. A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy Forever. Film Acting as Art Form. 7. Hollywood in the Golden Age. You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet!: The Coming of Sound. Studios and Their Identity. Money Plus Glamour Equals Movies (MGM). The Brothers Warner. Sly as a Fox. Other Studio Stalwarts. The Auteur Theory. The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Sir Alfred, King of Suspense. Of Casts, Commies, and Kazan. Mr. Feelgood. The Greatest. Hollywood's Not-So-Secret Code. Face Time: Actors and Actresses in the Golden Age. Six Simple Star-Gazing Strategies. 8. The Decline and Fall of the Studio Empire. Singin' in the (Acid) Rain. Hollywood's Headaches (and HUAChes). The Curse of the Little Black Box. HUAC and the Hollywood Ten. Hollywood's Changing Economy. Flirting (but Coping) with Disaster. A Wider View. Dodging the Red-Baiting Bullet. Independence Days. Foreign Factors. 9. Staying Afloat in the Hollywood Mainstream. Yes, But Is It Art? Who Really Decides What Films Get Made? Creative People Who Call the Shots. What Is a
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