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

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used, care must be taken so that it does not set up associations in the mind of the hearer that are unrelated to the theme of the picture. Music, then, like sound, must follow certain standards.An extremely important standard for the music used is that it show good taste and discriminating judgment. In other words, it ought to be good music. Many believe that this standard is not being adequately met in motion pictures. For example, a famous composer, Charles Wakefield Cadman, said in the Music World of September, 1930: "The musical taste of most of the studios is very low, and it has not improved one whit since music for sound pictures came in. I feel that we had better music with the old silents than we do right now."
SUMMARY OF STANDARDS
1. The sound or dialogue must not interrupt the flow of the story.
2. The story ought to be told primarily by the camera and not by dialogue.
3. Only those sounds should be included in the picture which have dramatic value.
4. The purpose of music is to help develop the mood or atmosphere of the picture.

PROBLEMS AND ACTIVITIES
Do people under strong emotion use long or short sentences? What evidence have you for your statement?
Do you prefer action to talk in a motion picture? Why?
What difference, if any, does it make how much the characters talk and how often they talk?
Write a review of the dialogue and sound effects of a motion picture, bearing these questions in mind:
a. Did the dialogue intensify and promote the action of the play? Give some examples.

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

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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