Book , Print in English

Talking pictures : how to watch movies

Ann Hornaday.
  • New York : Basic Books, [2017]
  • xvii, 289 pages ; 22 cm
  • Anecdotes.
  • Anecdotes.
  • Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art-house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations with friends, we all need ways to watch and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a Nora Ephron romantic comedy, how can everyday viewers determine what makes a good movie? In Talking Pictures, veteran film critic Ann Hornaday walks us through the production of a typical movie-from writing the script and casting to the final sound edit-and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. How do we know if a film is well-written, above and beyond snappy dialogue? What constitutes a great screen performance? What goes into praiseworthy cinematography, editing, and sound design? And what does a director really do? Full of engaging anecdotes and interviews with actors and filmmakers, Talking Pictures will help us see movies in a whole new light-not just as fans, but as film critics in our own right.
  • The Screenplay
  • Acting
  • Production design
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Sound and music
  • Directing
  • Was it worth doing?
  • Documentaries and fact-based dramas.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 9780465094233
  • 0465094236
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2017009751
  • OCLC: 960294472
  • OCLC: 960294472