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    Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema

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    Russell Leigh Sharman, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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    Publisher: University of Arkansas

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Dennis Lo, Associate Professor, James Madison University on 7/31/23

    1. Somewhat concerning how only two groups (women and African Americans) are examined in the “representation in cinema” section. Why only these two groups and not others? 2. The “brief history of cinema” is by and large a brief history of American... read more

    Reviewed by Ed Cameron, Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 12/16/22

    Russell Sharman’s Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema provides an enjoyable introduction to the study of film and covers much of what is expected from an introductory text. Its level of comprehensiveness is a bit double sided. On one side,... read more

    Reviewed by Kevin Smith, Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 11/15/22

    This textbook by Russell Sharman is an excellent intro to film textbook that covers all of the standard stylistic and formal aspects of cinema study, while also managing to pack in a great deal of interesting history and industry commentary. None... read more

    Reviewed by Christina Allaback, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Director of Theatre, Umpqua Community College on 7/13/21

    This is an extremely comprehensive book for an introductory to film class. It covers all major areas that I was already teaching and really expands on the basics that I cover in lecture. The first half of the book is entitled "An Introduction to... read more

    Reviewed by Caroline Smith, Associate Professor, The George Washington University on 2/25/21

    Moving Pictures by Russell Sharman provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the world of cinema. The book contains a nice balance of history, the discussion of film terminology, and an examination of the way in which cinema can... read more

    Reviewed by Sarah O'Brien, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia on 11/16/20

    This is an "intro" text that does not attempt to comprehensively cover everything that a several hundred page film studies 101 textbook would. But it does provide a fulsome frame and set up the key concepts/language for students brand new to film... read more

    Reviewed by Paul Bempechat, Visiting Lecturer, Massachusetts College of Art and Design on 6/29/20

    This book is a fully appreciable, understandable and comprehensive introduction to the origin of film via photography and its evolution. The prose is narrative, personable, and readily understood by undergraduates and graduate students alike. read more

    Reviewed by Stephen Slaner, Instructor in Behavioral Science, Bunker Hill Community College on 6/23/20

    It's hard to rate this category. The book is quite comprehensive except for one element, but this is arguably essential: the director. The author might have taken a leaf from Andrew Sarris' THE AMERICAN CINEMA, which analyzes and ranks motion... read more

    Reviewed by Christina Hodel, Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University on 6/4/20

    "Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema," provides a rigorous overview of all of the basic concepts any new film studies student or enthusiast should be aware of. Beginning with a clear definition of what the word 'cinema' means followed by a... read more

    Reviewed by Stephen Rust, Part-time instructor, Linn-Benton Community College on 5/27/20

    Based on my 15 years teaching Intro to Film at the college-level, I give Moving Pictures a 4 out of 5 for comprehensiveness. I am strongly considering adopting the book for my Intro to Film course at a community college; I appreciate why the... read more

    Reviewed by Elaine Craghead, Professor of Humanities, Massachusetts Maritime Academy on 5/27/20, updated 7/14/20

    The text is divided into Part I and PartII. The first section is very comprehensive (though the genre explanation/definition should either be expanded, or separated out into its own section). It's a wonderful way to introduce students to the... read more

    Table of Contents

    I. An Introduction to Cinema

    • 1. A Brief History of Cinema
    • 2. How to Watch a Movie
    • 3. Mise-en-Scène
    • 4. Narrative
    • 5. Cinematography
    • 6. Editing
    • 7. Sound
    • 8. Acting

    II. Representation in Cinema

    • 9. Women in Cinema
    • 10. African Americans in Cinema

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    About the Book

    Textbook for 1000- level Communication course: Introduction to Films Studies

    About the Contributors


    Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist. He has worked as a writer for several studios and production companies, including Warner Bros., Fox, Disney, MRC, DeLine Pictures, 21 Laps, Participant Media, Montecito Pictures, Original Media, Dark Horse Entertainment, Strange Weather and Real FX. He is the writer/director of APARTMENT 4E, a feature adaptation of his stage play, as well as a number of award-winning short films and documentaries. He also has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Oxford University and is the author of two books, THE TENANTS OF EAST HARLEM and NIGHTSHIFT NYC. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he teaches filmmaking and film studies.

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