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Cinematic overtures : how to read the opening scene

Author: Annette Insdorf
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2017
Series: Leonard Hastings Schoff memorial lectures
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

A great movie's first few minutes provide the key to the rest of the film. In Cinematic Overtures, Annette Insdorf discusses the opening sequence, inviting viewers to turn first impressions into  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annette Insdorf
ISBN: 9780231182249 0231182244 9780231182256 0231182252
OCLC Number: 1035632772
Description: 188 s
Contents: Preface1. The Crafted Frame (Saul Bass, Talk to Her, Knife in the Water, Camouflage)2. The Opening Translated from Literature (The Conformist, The Tin Drum, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, All the President's Men, Cabaret)3. Narrative Within the Frame: Mise-en-Scene and the Long Take (Touch of Evil, The Player, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, The Piano, Bright Star, In Darkness)4. Narrative Between the Frames: Montage (Z; Hiroshima, mon amour; Seven Beauties; Schindler's List; Three Colors: Red; The Shipping News; Shine)5. Singular Point of View (The Graduate, Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, Come and See, Lebanon, Good Kill)6. The Collective Protagonist (La Ciudad, 3 Backyards, Little Miss Sunshine, Le Bal, Day for Night, A Separation, Where Do We Go Now?)7. Misdirection/Visual Narration (The Hourglass Sanatorium, Before the Rain, Ajami, Under Fire, The Conversation, Rising Sun, Psycho, The Truman Show)8. Voice-Over Narration/Flashback (Sunset Boulevard, American Beauty, Fight Club, Badlands)NotesIndexColor Plates
Series Title: Leonard Hastings Schoff memorial lectures
Responsibility: Annette Insdorf


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Cinematic Overtures is about openings; it serves as an opening to a much wider field of films. It is, therefore, a kind of overture itself. It's surprising that nobody has thought to do this before, Read more...

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