How to Appreciate Motion Pictures: A Manual of Motion-Picture Criticism Prepared for High-School Students

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APPENDIX
SUGGESTED READINGS1
Beaton Welford, Know Your Movies. Hollywood, California: Howard Hill, 1932, 192 pp. $2.00.

The best American discussion of the fundamental difference between the art of the stage play and the art of the screen play. Interesting to teachers because of its challenging and stimulating analysis of the theory and practice of photoplay production in 1932, with many concrete references to current pictures in the light of basic principles formulated by Vachel Lindsay in 1915. Argues eloquently against the abuse of sound and the excessive use of dialogue. Predicts a return to the art and technique of the silent picture with music and certain types of rhythmic sound integrated, but with a minimum of dialogue.

Betts Ernest, Heraclitus or the Future of Films. New York: E. P. Dutton and Co., 1928, 96 pp. $1.00.

An optimistic essay on the art of the photoplay, in Dutton Today and Tomorrow Series.

Patterson Frances Taylor, Scenario and Screen. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1928, x-232 pp., with 15 illustrations. $2.00.

An illuminating discussion of the photoplay under the chapter headings: author, story, continuity, titles, camera, director, scenario editor, producer, press, and outlook. Appropriate for high-school students in the upper grades, as well as college students.

Rotha Paul, The Film Till Now. New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, Inc., 1930, 362 pp. $4.00.

Discusses the development of the film, the various forms of the cinema, the films of America, Russia, Germany, France,

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Prepared by William Lewin, Central High School, Newark, N. J.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Table of Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Chapter I What is Motion-Picture Appreciation? 3
  • Chapter II Shopping for Your Movies 16
  • Conclusion 24
  • Chapter III The History of the Movies 26
  • Chapter IV A Visit to a Studio 37
  • Chapter V Motion-Picture Reviewing 59
  • Chapter VI The Story 74
  • Summary of Standards 95
  • Chapter VII Acting 98
  • Chapter VIII Photography 121
  • Summary of Standards 149
  • Chapter IX Settings 151
  • Summary of Standards 169
  • Chapter X Sound and Music 171
  • Summary of Standards 177
  • Chapter XI Direction 179
  • Conclusion 204
  • Chapter XII What Are Motion Pictures For? 205
  • Chapter XIII What Next? 220
  • Appendix Suggested Readings 233
  • A Glossary of Motion-Picture Vocabulary 235
  • Index 241
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