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Understanding Movies

The Art and History of Film
Durée : 7 h et 9 min
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Why does the cinema have the power to move the heart, stimulate the mind, and dazzle the imagination? How did the art of film develop from its origins to the present day?

This course covers the history and aesthetics of the movies. It traces the experiments and innovations that gave rise to the modern cinema, developing a vocabulary that helps explain the variety of choices filmmakers make when they construct shots and edit them together.

In each lecture, Professor Raphael Shargel introduces a period of film history, talks about its importance, covers aspects of cinematic technique, and illustrates his points by analyzing specific movies from the era under discussion. The course thus has both breadth and depth, covering the major movements in film history while at the same time focusing on key pictures worthy of study and enjoyment.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2008 Raphael Shargel (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

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  • Global
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  • Savvy
  • 25/09/2014

It's better than everybody else is saying

Any additional comments?

Every other review mentions the normal noises the narrator makes and it just isn't as big a deal as everybody else is making it to be. Listening to the book is a perfectly fine experience; the content is superb if you're interested in the history of cinema.

5 sur 5 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
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  • ESK
  • 22/07/2012

Educational! But ...the mike's too close!

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Mr. Shargel is a passionate and charismatic lecturer, compelling to listen to. But he's a hard swallower, I must admit. But anyway, if you're interested in film studies, don't hesitate to buy it.

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  • Global
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  • Caprat
  • 19/03/2017

Great Movie Primer

Would you listen to Understanding Movies: The Art and History of Film again? Why?

I would listen to this audible book again because I think it deserves multiple listening to fully appreciate the subject.

What other book might you compare Understanding Movies: The Art and History of Film to and why?

This is more a film history book and fits into the Modern Scholar Library. I haven't listened to a book on this subject that is comparable.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

People have complained about the Narrator. I will say at first I did notice his "small" speech peculiarities but really it was not that bad and the subject interested me enough that it was no big deal. I honestly feel if you like films and want to know more about film history this is a great addition to your library. If you don't, well you will complain about the narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This really isn't applicable to this book.

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  • Global
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  • thatsacando
  • 24/09/2012

Great information/passion. Obnoxious mouth noises.

What made the experience of listening to Understanding Movies: The Art and History of Film the most enjoyable?

The information, really. The narrator seemed to be passionate about the material.

What did you like best about this story?

A lot of information presented with excitement in a digestible way.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

Only if he can get a handle on his mouth noises. Or an editor cut them out.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

Between the narrator and whoever produced or quality checked the audio, someone should have said something about the mouth noises and swallowing. Obnoxious and really distracting, which is a shame because the information and passion is there.

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  • Global
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  • Nadia
  • 28/09/2011

Great info, but author should watch mouth noises

This is great info, and I am learning a lot. But, I have a real pet peeve about mouth noises (saliva or lack thereof), swallowing. The microphone picks up everything and well, it's a little gross, to be honest. Like I said, he's great, but the noises and swallowing are getting in the way of my total enjoyment. It could be remedied with hydration or pulling away from the mic when he pauses to swallow.

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  • Global
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  • Quentin Bacon
  • 15/03/2010

Great, but offensive sound throughout

Great author and book, but if you're listening whith an ipod and you find drinking, cotten mouth and swalling offensive, you're going to have a hard time. How could such a good book receive such a poor recording?

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  • Global
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  • Stephen
  • 02/05/2017

Good Information But Regrettable Recording

I learned a lot about the origins of film, and I liked the conversational nature of Professor Raphael Shargel, but this recording has been a challenge for me because of how it picks up his constant swallowing. The audio is perhaps too good at picking it up, because after about 15 minutes of a listening session, I start to become completely repulsed by the sound of it.

  • Global
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  • Kuba Ryszkiewicz
  • 27/10/2016

quite good

more history and recaping the story in films than analisis. overall the book was ok but if you know the films parts where the author retells the story a bit boring

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  • Leonard
  • 09/01/2016

I've learned a lot about movies

This book has taught me a lot about movies and different periods in cinema.

I loved the narrator, and style of narration. I got the impression that the narrator consciously knew what he wanted to convey with each lecture, and I found this vastly superior to the ordinary script reading encountered in most audiobooks.

  • Global
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  • Vales Tales
  • 20/04/2015

As a mini-course: just fine

I think this audio program gets a very bad rap. It's not a book, it's a little course or series of lectures. And as such, it's well recorded, very easy to understand, interesting, and well worth your time if you're interested in the subject.

All of the reviews pointing out the mouth noises, etc. as being "too distracting" or taking stars off because of that, either have ever heard recordings of lectures but how much were found on this, or expecting a professional reader reading a book.

This is not that. it's a very interesting course, put together, and read by the professor himself. It serves it's purpose well, and if you find the subject interesting, you will not have a problem with the so-called "mouth noises" or whatever.

Highly recommended for aficionados, fans, students of film and filmmakers