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

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CHAPTER XIII WHAT NEXT?

THE chief aim throughout this entire book has been to increase your enjoyment of motion pictures. We have tried to do that by pointing out new and different things to look for at the motion pictures, values that otherwise might have remained hidden. This discovery and comparison of values is something you do not only at the motion-picture theater, but you are doing it every waking hour of your life. For example, you must choose between different foods at a cafeteria, the kind of suit or dress that you will buy, the college that you plan to attend, or the work you will follow.

In all these choices your measuring sticks are certain standards. As you read this manual you should have developed a series of standards for judging motion pictures. That set of standards, however, is not complete. You must continually experiment with them, revising whenever necessary. They are, therefore, tentative standards.

It is no longer necessary to attend the first motion picture you happen upon, blindly taking a chance on its merits, any more than an intelligent shopper need buy the first article inspected, regardless of quality and appropriateness. You have learned to select, using your standards as a basis for this selection. Of course, you have made mistakes and you will continue to make them, but such mistakes will be fewer as time goes on. And you will, I am sure, be disappointed less often in pictures for which you have "shopped" than you would be under the hit-and-miss system of attend-

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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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