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Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should Read

Looking for the best Film Studies books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Film Studies: An Introduction (Film and Culture Series) (2009)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadEd Sikov builds a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema, detailing the essential elements of film form and systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic. Sikov primes the eye and mind in the special techniques of film analysis. His description of mise-en-scene helps readers grasp the significance of montage, which in turn reveals the importance of a director’s use of camera movement. He treats a number of fundamental factors in filmmaking, including editing, composition, lighting, the use of color…
Author(s): Ed Sikov

2. Introduction to Film Studies (2011)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadIntroduction to Film Studies is a comprehensive textbook for students of cinema. This completely revised and updated fifth edition guides students through the key issues and concepts in film studies, traces the historical development of film and introduces some of the worlds key national cinemas. A range of theories and theorists are presented from Formalism to Feminism, from Eisenstein to Deleuze. Each chapter is written by a subject specialist, including two new authors for the fifth edition. A wide range of films are analysed and discussed. It is lavishly illustrated with 150 film stills and…
Author(s): Jill Nelmes

3. Film Studies: An Introduction (Teach Yourself) (2016)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadFilm Studies: An Introduction provides an overview of the key areas in film studies, including aesthetics, narrative, genre, documentary films and the secrets of film reviewing. From Hitchcock and Tarantino to Spielberg and Bigelow, you will gain a critical understanding of legendary directors and the techniques and skills that are used to achieve cinematic effects. Whether you are a film studies student or just a film buff wanting to know more, this book will give you an invaluable insight into the exciting and incredibly fast-moving world of film.Understand Film Studies includes:Chapter 1: Film…
Author(s): Warren Buckland

4. Engaging Cinema: An Introduction to Film Studies (2010)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadEngaging Cinema emphasizes the interactions between society and cinema and introduces students to film studies as it is actually done by scholars and critics. In what ways do films influence and interact with society? What social forces determine the kinds of movies that get made? How do movies reinforce―and sometimes overturn―social norms? As societies evolve, do the films that were once considered ‘great’ slip into obscurity? Which ones? Why? These questions, and many others like them, represent the mainstream of scholarly film studies today. In Engaging Cinema, Bill Nichols offers the first book for introductory…
Author(s): Bill Nichols

5. Film Studies For Dummies (2015)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadWant to pull back the curtain on film? This hands-on, friendly guide unravels the complexities of film and helps you put cinema into a cultural context. You’ll get an easy-to-follow introduction to different film genres and styles, learn about the history of cinema, get to know who makes up a filmmaking team, explore global cinema from Hollywood to Bollywood and much more. Film Studies For Dummies will open your mind to how the film industry works and help you to discover the impact of film on popular culture. You’ll get easy-to-read information on analyzing and critiquing film from a range of theoretical, historical…
Author(s): James Cateridge

6. Film Studies: The Basics (2013)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadFilm Studies: The Basics is a compelling guide to the study of cinema in all its forms. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of recent scholarship, the latest developments in the industry and the explosive impact of new technologies. Core topics covered include: Complete with film stills, end-of-chapter summaries and a substantial glossary, Film Studies: The Basics is the ideal introduction to those new to the study of cinema….
Author(s): Amy Villarejo

7. Christopher Nolan: A Critical Study of the Films (2018)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadChristopher Nolan is one of the defining directors of the 21st century. Few of his contemporaries can compete in terms of critical and commercial success, let alone cultural impact. His films have a rare ability to transcend audience expectations, appealing to both casual moviegoers and dyed-in-the-wool cineastes….
Author(s): Darren Mooney

8. Cinema Studies (Routledge Key Guides) (2017)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadCinema Studies: The Key Concepts is essential reading for anyone interested in film. Providing accessible coverage of a comprehensive range of genres, movements, theories and production terms, this is a must-have guide to a fascinating area of study and arguably the greatest art form of modern times. Now fully revised and updated for its fifth edition, the book includes entries on topics such as:…
Author(s): Susan Hayward

9. Film Studies: A Global Introduction (2015)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadFilm Studies: A Global Introduction reroutes film studies from its Euro-American focus and canon in order to introduce students to a medium that has always been global but has become differently and insistently so in the digital age. Glyn Davis, Kay Dickinson, Lisa Patti and Amy Villarejo’s approach encourages readers to think about film holistically by looking beyond the textual analysis of key films. In contrast, it engages with other vital areas, such as financing, labour, marketing, distribution, exhibition, preservation, and politics, reflecting contemporary aspects…
Author(s): Glyn Davis, Kay Dickinson , et al.

10. Looking at Movies (Fifth Edition) (2015)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadFilm analysis starts here.Looking at Movies is the most effective, engaging, and widely adopted introduction to film analysis available. From its very first chapter, Looking at Movies provides students with all the tools they need to become perceptive viewers of film, including the most sophisticated and seamlessly integrated media resources that are rich with comprehensive analysis and assessment tools ever produced for a textbook in this market. Authoritative, accessible, and of superior value, Looking at Movies offers instructors with abundant teachable resources to help…
Author(s): Richard Barsam, Dave Monahan

11. How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond (2009)

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should ReadRichard Gilman referred to How to Read a Film as simply “the best single work of its kind.” And Janet Maslin in The New York Times Book Review marveled at James Monaco’s ability to collect “an enormous amount of useful information and assemble it in an exhilaratingly simple and systematic way.” Indeed, since its original publication in 1977, this hugely popular book has become the definitive source on film and media.Now, James Monaco offers a special anniversary edition of his classic work, featuring a new preface and several new sections, including an “Essential Library: One Hundred Books About Film and Media You Should Read”…
Author(s): James Monaco

Best Film Studies Books Everyone Should Read

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Schizoanalytic Ventures at the End of the World: Film, Video, Art, and Pedagogical Challenges

Author(s): jan jagodzinski
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354945

Polish Migrants in European Film 1918–2017

Author(s): Kris Van Heuckelom
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2406826

Anamorphic Authorship in Canonical Film Adaptation: A Case Study of Shakespearean Films

Author(s): Robert Geal
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407953

Eastern European Popular Music in a Transnational Context: Beyond the Borders

Author(s): Ewa Mazierska, Zsolt Győri
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408052

Italian Science Fiction: The Other in Literature and Film

Author(s): Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408412

Screen Adaptations and the Politics of Childhood: Transforming Children's Literature into Film

Author(s): Robyn McCallum
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2181069

Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media: Teenage Dreams

Author(s): Nick Bentley, Beth Johnson, Andrzej Zieleniec
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2203363

The contemporary femme fatale : gender, genre and American cinema

Author(s): Katherine Farrimond
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2219181

The Cinematic Eighteenth Century: History, Culture, and Adaptation

Author(s): Srividhya Swaminathan; Steven W. Thomas (eds.)
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2248207

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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