Going to the Movies

What makes a great movie great? ... An actor legendary? ... A screenplay extraordinary or just ordinary? Syd Field has spent a lifetime seeking answers to these questions.

Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780307569578

Category: Performing Arts

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Featuring insights ... analysis ... great films and filmmakers from “the most-sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” (The Hollywood Reporter). A life in film. An extraordinary career. An unforgettable story — from noted lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author Syd Field. What makes a great movie great? ... An actor legendary? ... A screenplay extraordinary or just ordinary? Syd Field has spent a lifetime seeking answers to these questions. His bestselling books on the art and craft of screenwriting have become the film industry’s gold standard. Now Syd Field tells his own remarkable story, sharing the insight and experience gleaned from an extraordinary career. Using classic movies from the past and present — from Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane to Andy and Larry Wachowski’s The Matrix — Field provides a guided tour of the basic elements common to all great films. Learn what makes La Grande Illusion a groundbreaking, timeless classic ... how Casablanca teaches one of the most important elements of creating memorable characters for the screen ... why Pulp Fiction might be one of the most influential films of our time. Discover the legendary filmmakers, films, and stars who shaped Field’s understanding of the medium.... Meet Jean Renoir, the great French director who steered his young Berkeley protégé away from medicine into film.... Watch a dazzling young Francis Ford Coppola as he directs his thesis film at UCLA.... Spend an amazing summer with Sam Peckinpah as he shares the screenwriting techniques behind his classic western The Wild Bunch. Rich in anecdote and insight, Going to the Movies will both entertain and inform, deepening every moviegoer’s appreciation of the magic behind the silver screen.

Going to the Movies

Featuring a distinguished group of film scholars—including Richard Abel, Annette Kuhn, Jane Gaines, and Thomas Doherty—whose interests range broadly across time and place, this volume analyzes the role of movie theatres in local ...

Author: Richard Maltby

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123364908

Category: Performing Arts

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A nickelodeon screening a Charlie Chaplin silent classic, the downtown arthouse cinemas that made Antonioni and Cassavetes household names, the modern suburban megaplex and its sold-out Friday night blockbuster: how American and global audiences have viewed movies is as rich a part of cinematic history as what we've seen on the silver screen. Going to the Movies considers the implications of this social and cultural history through an analysis of the diverse historical and geographical circumstances in which audiences have viewed American cinema. Featuring a distinguished group of film scholars—including Richard Abel, Annette Kuhn, Jane Gaines, and Thomas Doherty—whose interests range broadly across time and place, this volume analyzes the role of movie theatres in local communities, the links between film and other entertainment media, non-theatrical exhibition, and trends arising from the globalization of audiences. Emphasizing moviegoing outside of the northeastern United States, as well as the complexities of race in relation to cinema attendance, Going to the Movies appeals to the global citizen of cinema—locating the moviegoing experience in its appeal to the heart and mind of the audience, whether it's located in a South African shanty town or the screening room of a Hollywood production lot.

Television Goes to the Movies

Palpable in both men's concern about Netflix is that television is invading movies, not as business but as cultural ... And yet culturally, few have characterized this shift as one of the movies going to television, and fewer still have ...

Author: Jonathan Gray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351105958

Category: Social Science

Page: 150

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Television and film have always been connected, but recent years have seen them overlapping, collaborating, and moving towards each other in ever more ways. Set amidst this moment of unprecedented synergy, this book examines how television and film culture interact in the 21st century. Both media appear side by side in many platforms or venues, stories and storytellers cross between them, they regularly have common owners, and they discuss each other constantly. Jonathan Gray and Derek Johnson examine what happens at these points of interaction, studying the imaginary borderlands between each medium, the boundary maintenance that quickly envelops much discussion of interaction, and ultimately what we allow or require television and film to be. Offering separate chapters on television exhibition at movie theaters, cinematic representations of television, television-to-film and film-to-television adaptations, and television producers crossing over to film, the book explores how each zone of interaction invokes fervid debate of the roles that producers, audiences, and critics want and need each medium to play. From Game of Thrones to The TV Set, Bewitched to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hundreds of TV shows and films are discussed. Television Goes to the Movies will be of interest to students and scholars of television studies, film studies, media studies, popular culture, adaptation studies, production studies, and media industries.

Best Years

Paying special attention to the movie-going public in key cities--Atlanta, New York, Boston, Honolulu, and Chicago--this ambitious work takes us on a cinematic journey to recapture a magical time.

Author: Charles Affron

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813548456

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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Americans flocked to the movies in 1945 and 1946ùthe center point of the three-decade heyday of the studio system's sound era. Why? Best Years is a panoramic study, shining light on this critical juncture in American historyand the history of American cinemaùthe end of World War II (1945) and a year of unprecedented success in Hollywood's "Golden Age" (1946). This unique time, the last year of war and the first full year of peace, provides a rich blend of cinema genres and typesùfrom the battlefront to the home front, the peace film to the woman's film, psychological drama, and the period's provocative new style, film noir. Best Years focuses on films that were famous, infamous, forgotten, and unforgettable. Big budget A-films, road shows, and familiar series share the spotlight. From Bergman and Grant in Notorious to Abbott and Costello in Lost in a Harem, Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron examine why the bond between screen and viewer was perhaps never tighter. Paying special attention to the movie-going public in key cities--Atlanta, New York, Boston, Honolulu, and Chicago--this ambitious work takes us on a cinematic journey to recapture a magical time.

Stephen King Goes to the Movies

It came from the mind of Stephen King... You've seen the films, now read the original stories - and get a unique insight into Stephen King's take on the productions.

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848942875

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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It came from the mind of Stephen King... You've seen the films, now read the original stories - and get a unique insight into Stephen King's take on the productions. For Stephen King, the experience of seeing his works of short fiction adapted for major Hollywood films has created its own tales, and he shares them here: five of his celebrated short stories, plus King's personal commentary, his all-new introductions, and essential, behind-the-scenes revelations. Read on to discover the truth behind: The Shawshank Redemption (based on the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption), 1408, Children of the Corn, The Mangler, Hearts in Atlantis (based on Low Men in Yellow Coats).

Going to the Movies

'Going to the Movies' follows a boy as he goes and sees a movie with his uncle.

Author: Various

Publisher: Rigby Flying Colors

ISBN: 1418915599

Category: Education

Page: 24

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'Going to the Movies' follows a boy as he goes and sees a movie with his uncle.

World War II Goes to the Movies Television Guide Volume I A K

A 13 year-old girl remembers December 7, 1944; 'I love going to the movies in our little town. I was thirteen years old at the time, and I can recall the theater becoming dark. They turned off the movie and then the owner/manager of the ...

Author: Terry Rowan

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781105464898

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Film Theory Goes to the Movies

What does it mean for “film theory” to go to the “movies”? Film theory as it has been practiced since the late sixties has been in the vanguard in developing the critical approaches that we associate with poststructuralism, ...

Author: Jim Collins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135216450

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Film Theory Goes to the Movies fills the gap in film theory literature which has failed to analyze high-grossing blockbusters. The contributors in this volume, however, discuss such popular films as The Silence of the Lambs, Dances With Wolves, Terminator II, Pretty Woman, Truth or Dare, Mystery Train, and Jungle Fever. They employ a variety of critical approaches, from industry analysis to reception study, to close readings informed by feminist, deconstructive and postmodernist theory, as well as recent developments in African American and gay and lesbian criticism. An important introduction to contemporary Hollywood, this anthology will be of interest to those involved in the fields of film theory, literary theory, popular culture, and women's studies.

Maisy Goes to the Movies

Maisy and her friends enjoy an adventure-filled movie as they go to the cinema for the first time.

Author: Lucy Cousins

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 9780763672379

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Maisy and her friends enjoy an adventure-filled movie as they go to the cinema for the first time.

Going to the Movies

This book analyses the diverse historical and geographical circumstances in which audiences have viewed American cinema.

Author: Richard Maltby

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1035159173

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This book analyses the diverse historical and geographical circumstances in which audiences have viewed American cinema. It looks at cinema audiences ranging from Manhattan nickelodeons to the modern suburban megaplex, and from provincial, small-town or rural America to the shanty towns of South Africa.

Tiny Goes to the Movies

Tiny, a very large dog, and his human best friend enjoy going to a movie in the park one summer evening, but Tiny does not quite know how to behave.

Author: Cari Meister

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780448482958

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Tiny, a very large dog, and his human best friend enjoy going to a movie in the park one summer evening, but Tiny does not quite know how to behave.

DC Goes to the Movies

But this is a movie guidebook so we're limiting our commentary to movie facts. ... all that stuff since we love our hometown and because ]ean is a licensed tour guide for Washington DC, but that's all going to be in our second book.

Author: Jean K. Rosales

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595267972

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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What didn't the FBI know about the DC movie Arlington Road when they gave permission to film the FBI's headquarters? Which three movie stars are buried in Arlington National Cemetery? Where would you find the infamous steps that appeared in all three of the Exorcist movies? The answers to these questions and more can be found in DC Goes To The Movies: A Unique Guide to the Reel Washington. This unusual guidebook includes eight walking tours past hundreds of different locations that have appeared in DC movies. From the Florida Avenue Grill where the taxi drivers in D.C. Cab hung out to the Szechuan Gallery Restaurant in True Lies; from the Watergate Steps where William Holden and Judy Holliday had a heart-to-heart talk in Born Yesterday to the steps of the Capitol where aliens were gunned down in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers-the "world's experts on DC movies" take you all around town to celebrate the Federal City on film. The Filmography lists vital information about 179 DC movies, including a complete list of the Washington locations appearing in each film. A great addition to the libraries of movie buffs and fans of the Nation's Capitol alike!

Count Dracula Goes to the Movies

The title goes on to boast of the film's intent to “retell [the story] exactly as he wrote” it—always a red flag, especially when adapting a longish novel (editions of Dracula tend to run more than 400 pages) into a movie less than two ...

Author: Lyndon W. Joslin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476669878

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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First published in 1897, Bram Stoker's Dracula has never been out of print. Yet most people are familiar with the title character from the movies. Count Dracula is one of the most-filmed literary characters in history--but has he (or Stoker's novel) ever been filmed accurately? In its third edition, this study focuses on 18 adaptations of Dracula from 1922 to 2012, comparing them to the novel and to each other. Fidelity to the novel does not always guarantee a good movie, while some of the better films are among the more freely adapted. The Universal and Hammer sequels are searched for traces of Stoker, along with several other films that borrow from the novel. The author concludes with a brief look at four latter-day projects that are best dismissed or viewed for ironic laughs.

Paris in the Dark

In Paris in the Dark Eric Smoodin takes readers on a journey through the streets, cinemas, and theaters of Paris to sketch a comprehensive picture of French film culture during the 1930s and 1940s.

Author: Eric Smoodin

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9781478007531

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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In Paris in the Dark Eric Smoodin takes readers on a journey through the streets, cinemas, and theaters of Paris to sketch a comprehensive picture of French film culture during the 1930s and 1940s. Drawing on a wealth of journalistic sources, Smoodin recounts the ways films moved through the city, the favored stars, and what it was like to go to the movies in a city with hundreds of cinemas. In a single week in the early 1930s, moviegoers might see Hollywood features like King Kong and Frankenstein, the new Marlene Dietrich and Maurice Chevalier movies, and any number of films from Italy, Germany, and Russia. Or they could frequent the city's ciné-clubs, which were hosts to the cinéphile subcultures of Paris. At other times, a night at the movies might result in an evening of fascist violence, even before the German Occupation of Paris, while after the war the city's cinemas formed the space for reconsolidating French film culture. In mapping the cinematic geography of Paris, Smoodin expands understandings of local film exhibition and the relationships of movies to urban space.

The Psychology of Moviegoing

Many people go to the movies to unwind. They like action movies. They like color movies. They don't care much about critical reviews. And while they may have favorite actors, they are not necessarily the most prominent ones.

Author: Ashton D. Trice

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476636108

Category:

Page: 212

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How do we choose what movies to go see? How do we process the sounds and images of those films? How do they influence our behaviors, attitudes and beliefs after we leave the theater? Using psychology theory, this book answers these questions while considering the effects of relatively permanent personality variables, our changeable moods and the people we are with in such scenarios. It also points out areas of the study in which further work is necessary and where new concepts, such as awe and aesthetic pleasure, may further understanding.

Morgan Freeman Is God and Other Things I ve Learned Sitting in the Dark with Strangers

This book is the first in a series of containing my random, unrelated thoughts on film in general, and mostly filled with reviews of films that I have enjoyed (or alternatively was made to suffer through).

Author: Anthony Tomassi

Publisher:

ISBN: 1519014929

Category:

Page: 216

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Since the early 1900's, people have been fascinated by the art of motion pictures. If you ask anyone what their favorite movie is, they will likely have six or seven different movies that spring into mind immediately, and can name another twenty or so if given a few moments to think about their response. We watch movies on multiple different forms of media, from television, to computers, and more recently on phones and tablets. But, throughout the past 100 years or so, people have been fascinated by going to the movie theaters, sitting with strangers, dodging floors covered in dried sticky soda, and littered with popcorn and candy wrappers. For many, going to the movies has become such a part of life that we center some of our life events around going to the movies. How many couples had dinner and a movie as their first date? How many adults remember going to see a particular movie with their parents, and having nostalgia when they bring their own children to the movies to share that experience. Despite the fact that there are far easier ways to obtain films, we still go to the movies in droves. With box office revenue appearing to increase year after year, there seems to be no stopping our love of going to the cinema. Film becomes an event, something that you talk with friends and coworkers about, even more so than television series and books. This book is the first in a series of containing my random, unrelated thoughts on film in general, and mostly filled with reviews of films that I have enjoyed (or alternatively was made to suffer through). I have tried to sprinkle each essay or review with humor, in addition to insights into the making of films, and the impact of movies on society in general. Book Cover Created with Canva. Photograph by Anthony Tomassi, MD