Best Reference Books – Film Studies

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Film Studies 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 Studies along with reviews.

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1. “Monaco: How to Read a Film” by Monaco

“Monaco: How to Read a Film” Book Review: This book is a great source of learning for students on topics like film and media. The book tells us about the elements that are necessary to understand how a film conveys its meaning. It also explains how the audience can make out what a film is trying to communicate. The book explains the concept by setting movies based on the novel, painting, photography, theater and music. The book tells us about the science of cinema and explains how the development of the electronic media and growth of film has changed in this century. There is a new chapter in a book based on multimedia which discusses the topics like virtual reality and cyberspace and their relationship to film. The book is very exciting and well-explained and helps the readers to understand the complex world of film.

2. “A Dictionary of Film Studies (Oxford Quick Reference)” by Annette Kuhn and Guy Westwell

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“A Dictionary of Film Studies (Oxford Quick Reference)” Book Review: This book helps the readers to understand all aspects of film studies, including terms, concepts, debates and movements in film theory. It includes theories on national, international and transnational cinemas, film history, film movements and genres. It has all film related technical terms and concepts in 500 detailed entries. All these entries in a book have recommendations for further reading and also have web links. It is an updated book and is useful for students of film studies and ancillary subjects.

3. “Film Studies for Dummies” by James Cateridge

“Film Studies for Dummies” Book Review: This is an ideal guide for students to understand how the film industry works and helps to discover the impact of film on popular culture. This book includes easy-to-read information on analyzing and critiquing film from a range of theoretical, historical and critical perspectives. Readers will get to know how stories are developed in movies, understand how a storyline is related to broader issues in society.

4. “Film Studies – An Introduction (Film and Culture Series)” by Ed Sikov

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“Film Studies – An Introduction (Film and Culture Series)” Book Review: This book includes the essential elements of film form and systematically trains the spectator to be an active reader and critic. Readers can learn about the importance of montage and the director’s use of camera movement. It includes basic concepts of filmmaking, editing, composition, lighting, the use of color and sound and narrative. It includes explanations of core critical concepts, practical advice and suggested assignments on particular technical, visual and aesthetic aspects.

5. “Films and Feminism: Essays in Indian Cinema” by Jasbir Jain

“Films and Feminism: Essays in Indian Cinema” Book Review: The book discusses both mainstream and parallel cinema for an analysis of ‘the woman’ Image, the idea of romance, the imposition and defiance of the patriarchal order. This book includes four new essays and talks about the blurring of the line between alternative and commercial cinema, and women’s image of themselves. The major focus of the book is on Hindi cinema, there is also a reflection of Bengali and Kannada cinema. It discusses the feminist concerns and feminine representation.

6. “Making Movies (Vintage)” by Sidney Lumet

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“Making Movies (Vintage)” Book Review: This book delivers the information on professional memoirs and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. It explains about how painstaking labor and inspired split-second decisions can result in two hours of screen magic.

7. “India’s Film Society Movement: The Journey and its Impact” by V K Cherian

“India’s Film Society Movement: The Journey and its Impact” Book Review: This book gives us the detailed introduction on the seven-decade long journey of the Film Society Movement in India and how it helped Indian cinema come into its own.

8. “The Oxford Guide to Film Studies” by Hill John and Gibson Pamela Church

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“The Oxford Guide to Film Studies” Book Review: This book covers the concepts on cinema or film studies. This book is organised into three sections and they are Approaches, Hollywood and the World and World Cinema. The chapters in a book discuss the new developments in classical topics. Special focus is on the topics like film music, the Hollywood Star System and the idea of national cinema. It covers about the new areas in film study like gay and lesbian criticism, postcolonial theory, audience studies, post-classical Hollywood cinema and cultural studies. This is an ideal guide for those who are interested in the study of cinema.

9. “Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors and Their Cinema” by Vimal Mohan John and Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan

“Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors and Their Cinema” Book Review: This book for those people who are interested in Bollywood movies. It gives you the introduction about the Director’s role in making the film. It gives you the brief overview of how they make and provides a critical analysis of their craft, while remaining grounded in cinematic and popular culture theories. It shows a different way in which they handle issues of gender, urban culture, and social inequality.

10. “Film Studies: The Basics” by Amy Villarejo

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“Film Studies: The Basics” Book Review: It gives a basic introduction of study of cinema in all its forms. It discusses the latest developments in the industry and the explosive impact of new technologies. Topics like history, technology, art of cinema, theories of stardom, genre and film-making are all included in the book. It also talks about the movie industry from Hollywood to Bollywood and who does what on a film set. It consists of summaries at the end of each chapter and rich glossary.

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