Best Reference Books – Film Analysis and Criticisms

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Film Analysis and Criticisms subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Film Analysis and Criticisms along with reviews.

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1. “Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film” by Seymour Benjamin Chatman

“Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film” Book Review: This book gives a detailed introduction of general theory of narrative, both in verbal and in visual media. It explains the readers what is narrative. This book follows the French structuralists as Roland Barthes, Tzvetan Todorov and Gerard Genette. It helps us to understand the synthesis of the latest Continental critical thinking about narrative and the Anglo-American tradition. It is a very practical and well-explained book and should become a standard guide to narrative and to modern thinking about narrative.

2. “Film Analysis – A Norton Reader” by Jeffrey Geiger and R L Rutsky

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“Film Analysis – A Norton Reader” Book Review: This book is designed for undergraduates. It covers the central issues raised in today’s cinema courses. Using this book the students can improve their writing and film-analysis skills. It gives a well-explained introduction and huge glossary.

3. “A Textual Analysis of Movie Director Oliver Stone’s Nixon (Studies in History & Criticism of Film)” by Russ Witcher

“A Textual Analysis of Movie Director Oliver Stone’s Nixon (Studies in History & Criticism of Film)” Book Review: This book reviews that screenplay and film are early attempts in American cinema to put the life of Richard Nixon in proper historical perspective. This book delivers the impartial truth of the impact of Nixon on American history. This book is suitable for those people who are interested in the cold war.

4. “The Analysis of Film” by Raymond Bellour and Constance Penley

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“The Analysis of Film” Book Review: This book covers the methods of close film analysis and the narrative structure of Hollywood film. It covers the Hitchcock’s work―The Birds, Marnie, Psycho and North by Northwest. It discusses the role of the woman in western representation. The major part of the book is about cinema and the love for cinema that drives the passion for analyzing the supreme art form of the twentieth century. With the help of this book readers can understand how to write about the intricacies of film narrative, shot by shot, sequence by sequence. It also teaches us how to address the larger contextual issues of subjectivity, desire, and identification in Western cultural forms.

5. “An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film” by Melissa Lenos and Michael Ryan

“An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film” Book Review: This book gives a detailed introduction on filmmaking technique and film interpretation. This book can be used by both undergraduate and the graduate level. The initial chapters help the students to understand the basic concepts of film technique. It includes various examples that helps the students to understand the uses of film technique. The book discusses how films are made, how values ​​are promoted and ideas communicated. The second part of the book talks about a range of interpretive methods, theories and concerns. The book also includes a sample reading of a film followed by an interpretive exercise.

6. “The Limits of Politics: Making the Case for Literature in Political Analysis” by Kyle Scott

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“The Limits of Politics: Making the Case for Literature in Political Analysis” Book Review: Due to the growth in political units it is difficult to maintain a humanity and to recognize people as individuals rather than anonymous beings. To overcome this issue we need to have a moral imagination that will help us to renew our sense of connectedness and responsibility to one another. This can be done by bringing together politics and art. This book focuses on the political sources as well as works in literature, film and theater to show the limits of politics and the need for a moral imagination.

7. “Film Propaganda and American Politics: An Analysis and Filmography (Routledge Library Editions: Cinema)” by James Combs and Sara T Combs

“Film Propaganda and American Politics: An Analysis and Filmography (Routledge Library Editions: Cinema)” Book Review: This book was published in 1994 and discusses the rise of film propaganda in the 20th Century. It explains to the readers that with the help of films, we can change the ideas and opinions of the public. The two main points that highlight the book are war propaganda, including feature and documentary films regarding warfare; and civilian propaganda, including films that address a variety of political subjects. This book is useful for those who are interested in the effect of film on the minds of citizens of any country or state.

8. “The Art of the Short Fiction Film: A Shot by Shot Analysis of Nine Modern Classics” by Richard Raskin

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“The Art of the Short Fiction Film: A Shot by Shot Analysis of Nine Modern Classics” Book Review: This book discusses in detail about the individual short fiction films. In this book there are a total nine short fiction films and they represent a broad range of storytelling approaches and a number of very different film cultures. Each film in a book includes a chapter and shot-by-shot reproduction of the film. The book also includes the interview with the director and an original screenplay and storyboard.

9. “Screenplay Story Analysis” by Asher Garfinkel

“Screenplay Story Analysis” Book Review: With the help of this book readers can learn how to become a professional story analyst. This book includes the basic knowledge of how to write and cover the story analysis. It also explains how the process and ideas are involved in writing a screenplay. You can get familiar with terms, techniques and general story elements. This is a very important guide for breaking into the business.

10. “Film Style and Technology: History and Analysis” by Barry Salt

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“Film Style and Technology: History and Analysis” Book Review: This book will help you to understand how film technology and techniques developed through cleverness, insight and occasional desperation by the people who made them.

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