UNDERSTANDING MOVIES GIANNETTI 12TH EDITION PDF

Product Description Updated in a new 12th edition , this book is organized around the elements of film and provides readers valuable insight into how movies communicate and convey meaning to their audiences. This book engages readers in the fascinating language of film and helps further their appreciation and understanding of why and how movie watchers respond as they do to different films. From Slumdog Millionaire to Transformers. Many prior reviews pertain to prior editions By Allen Smalling on Feb 24, Has the beleaguered American student proletariat finally had Too Much of inflated textbook prices and planned obsolescence? This review may have a similar "meta" flavor but I hope to offer some potentially useful facts: -- The Eleventh Edition Spiderman cover has a retail price about the same as the new 12th.

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A readable, accessible introduction to film Understanding Movies provides valuable insight into how movies communicate and convey meaning to their audiences through a unique network of language systems and techniques.

In a readable, accessible, and sometimes humorous manner, Understanding Movies engages students in the fascinating language of film and helps further their appreciation and understanding of why and how movie watchers respond as they do to different films.

Organized around elements of film, the thirteenth edition of this market leading text provides students with a new way of looking at films that are familiar to them through contemporary coverage and a visually engaging presentation. Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Understand film as an industry Discuss the impact of technology on the film industry Customer Book Reviews Overpriced By Sergey Avanesyan on Jul 17, It is the most expensive textbook for filmmaking class that I have had for two years in college.

The book is Overpriced. Made for making money, not to teach. Very interesting By Priscilla Luna on Nov 24, I used this book for my film class and I found it very interesting and found myself not finding it too much of a chore because of this and I had the book version and had no problems of format with it whatsoever One Star By Jasmee.

I thought the material was straight forward and enjoyable reading. I have a general interest in film which is why I took the class and the terminology and movie back story have been interesting. The end of chapters also gave the readers a slew of questions they should ask themselves that were fairly pointless as they were written.

I can understand a bulleted list but questions in paragraph format does nothing for me. I read it in my free time because I love it that much. I received it in a great condition too.

The issue I had was that the information was often unorganized and lacked any logical flow. If this book was not required for my class, I probably would have never purchased it as a quick look through any chapter demonstrates my point. Even my instructor disliked this book and was in the process of persuading her department to switch to a better one she had found.

I decided to keep the book because it is interesting and I already had it, but if you are in the market for a book on this subject, I recommend something else. Renting from Amazon is quick, easy, cost effective, and even easier to return the book when you have finished your class. It is informative and helpful. A pleasurable, very educational book about film By Nuclearflea on Apr 17, I picked up this book, in part, because of the several I have always been a movie enthusiast, but recently, having discovered how great DVDs look and sound, I am starting to re-discover my love of movies.

I want to know more about how movies work, and how different effects are acheived. This book has been wonderful in helping my understanding of cinema. From the first chapter onward, I have found insights into movies that help me look at them with a slightly different eye: why are the colors like that in this scene? Why is the shot framed like it is? Although this book seems like it could be used as a textbook in a beginning film class, I carry it around with me and read it, and even re-read parts.

Thanks for the great tip. Yes a five-star book! Fun to read! Then every two or three years we can release a new edition and eliminate that nasty habit students have of reselling used text books they no longer need. Too much work, you say? Need an example to emulate? So what do you get for that extra money?

A new cover certainly. They just renamed it. Did some technological revolution change the face of cinema, warranting a new version of the book to address it? Giannetti has added a new section on special effects to the chapter on photography. But the only reason Giannetti even mentions it is to point out that Ian McKellen is gay.

But while we ignore or slight what could have made this edition fresh and vital, we keep that which makes it antiquated. Come on! In the 21st century I consider it just book padding to add thirty pages of superfluous material to a text like this. It covers the subject material quite well. Sweet racket. So enjoy that photo of Sean Penn on the cover - it cost you an extra fifty bucks!

Many prior reviews pertain to prior editions By Allen Smalling on Feb 24, Has the beleaguered American student proletariat finally had Too Much of inflated textbook prices and planned obsolescence? This review may have a similar "meta" flavor but I hope to offer some potentially useful facts: -- The Eleventh Edition Spiderman cover has a retail price about the same as the new 12th. Yet Amazon discounts it more, making it significantly cheaper alas, though, used copies are scarcer and selling for pretty close to new prices.

Spend more, get less? But, I would add, only if the instructor insists that all students buy the utmost latest. Open up earlier options and the price will crash! As of now, the very latest 12th ed.

Hoffman that gay and lesbian content is tokenistic to the point of trivial. Giannetti who is now in emeritus status for the ongoing futzing around with pages and prices and perpetual editions.

Chief culprit of that is the publishing multi- house that controls the book, and in a competitive climate in which its rivals are more like oligopolistic brethren. I have been reading and enjoying numerous editions of the Giannetti text from the late seventies until recently.

I always used to say they just got better and better over time. Thanks for hearing out the "rant"; I hope it has helped in some way. It was then, and is now, THE standard text on which all others must be evaluated. It covers all aspects of film. Be aware, however, the book is intended for students of cinema, rather than someone with simply a casual interest in movies.

On the other hand, this book as well as the many courses I took from Lou as a graduate student in the early s gave me such a broad knowledge of film, that I can appreciate movies on an aesthetic level as well as simply enjoying them on TV on a Saturday afternoon. That is the gift that this book gives one. My one disappointment is that the book is so expensive that most people interested in film probably will not buy it -- unless being forced to as a student.

This is the book I was assigned when I took my first film class "Film as Humanities" in college, and it opened up my eyes to a whole range of elements that contribute to the making of film meaning. Now, a few editions later, I am still assigning the book for my introduction to film studies classes. What makes it so useful is that Gianetti focuses a chapter each on all of the different components that contribute to the significance of the final film product.

He has a chapter on photography -- that introduces vocabulary for describing the images of film, the lighting, the framing, and the way in which the arrangement of elements on screen can direct the eye of the viewer.

He has other chapters on movement, composition, editing, acting, story, drama, sound, and ideology, among others. A refreshing feature of the book, especially for an introductory level text, is that it does not make a sharp distinction between "art" films and "entertainment" flicks -- all of the elements he discusses apply to any films, and he illustrates them with copious examples from both the history of cinema and also from popular and accessible films of the last decade and even last year.

At the same time, he is not timid about making judgments about films -- and giving his readers several tools for making critical judgments about what makes some films better than others. In his chapter on story, among other helpful analyses of narrative styles and the formation and development of genres of film storytelling, he also explains what one would expect from a realist approach to storytelling versus a classicist i.

He similarly discusses realist and formalist approaches to editing and composition and acting and sound. This basic distinction turns out to be the key to understanding a wide range of differences between approaches to film. He maintains througout an emphasis on what might be called first-level film analysis -- before we can apply theory to films, before we can reflect on the nature of film, or on the deeper meanings of films, we really do need to learn how to get clear about what is on the surface: what is happening on the screen and in the sound and in the story, and why.

Highly recommended for those interested in the nature of film. Still the Best Bet. By Samuel C. But Giannetti achieves the "right" level of diction, readability, and detail whereas the other books tend to disappoint more frequently. Some are simply too obvious, unacademic, unselective in use of illustrations and others too weighted down by film jargon left over from graduate school.

Thibideau on Feb 01, This old and authoratative text is the standard of the industry. They add next to nothing and render the used copies useless to students, who pay for those minor changes with real money. As a student I find this practice unethical. A new edition of a text should have major and substantial changes. Great guide to film analysis By Q on Sep 29, This is an essential book for students of cinema.

It does one thing and it does it quite well: it introduces you to the language of film analysis, the categories that critics use to analyze a film. I totally agree with the other reviewer that the new editions are completely unnecessary, and serve only to destroy the market for used copies. I really wanted to like this book, but It is written more for those who already have a basic knowledge of film and critically-acclaimed directors and their work but not the widely known directors like Hitchcock and Scorsese.

Also, there are "vocabulary" words that appear in bold, but no definition for them unless you hunt them down in the back of the book. Also, I feel like the author skips around a lot in his paragraphs, touching on many different films and themes rather than focusing deeply on one concept. I ended up Googling those terms and learning more. By Nathan C. Was happy with the book and shipping. Excellent textbook for the serious film student By Doctorvalo on Apr 22, This textbook was required reading for my college course, "Understanding Movies".

It helped me develop a critical eye for story, movement, style, acting, sound, color, lighting, and composition. A wonderful source book for anyone who seriously wants to understand how cinema works as a communicative art form. Well written, sophisticated, challenging and thought-provoking, with great examples from a broad spectrum of movies.

One of my all-time favorite textbooks. I was disappointed By Stormna on Mar 09, I purchased this as new and it was definitely used with markings Also I was under the impression I was getting a hard back book and it soft.

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A readable, accessible introduction to film Understanding Movies provides valuable insight into how movies communicate and convey meaning to their audiences through a unique network of language systems and techniques. In a readable, accessible, and sometimes humorous manner, Understanding Movies engages students in the fascinating language of film and helps further their appreciation and understanding of why and how movie watchers respond as they do to different films. Organized around elements of film, the thirteenth edition of this market leading text provides students with a new way of looking at films that are familiar to them through contemporary coverage and a visually engaging presentation. Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Understand film as an industry Discuss the impact of technology on the film industry Customer Book Reviews Overpriced By Sergey Avanesyan on Jul 17, It is the most expensive textbook for filmmaking class that I have had for two years in college. The book is Overpriced. Made for making money, not to teach.

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