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

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A GLOSSARY OF MOTION-PICTURE VOCABULARY
"Action"1--The director's signal to the players to begin performing.
Angle Shot2--A photographic view taken obliquely.
Architect3--The technician in whose hands lies the design, erection, and furnishing of sets in the studio or on the lot (an outside set in the studio grounds). He is frequently misdescribed as an art director, a term indicating that he directs the "art" of a film. This, of course, is absolutely incorrect, except possibly when applied to the art films of the middle period of the German cinema.
Cam2--The device which operates the intermittent movement of the film in a motion-picture camera, printer, or projector.
Camera Angle3--The viewpoint from which a scene is photographed, the position of the camera being governed by the mood of the scene. Normal angle is generally reckoned as being four feet six inches above ground level. The position of the camera is always controlled by material composing the scene which is being photographed.
Cine1--A prefix used in description of the motion-picture art or apparatus.
Close-Up1--Scene or action taken with the character or object close to the camera.
Cut-Back1--Scenes which are returns to previous action.
Cutting1--Editing a picture by cutting out unacceptable film.
Dark Room2--Room in which film is developed.
Developing1--Making visible the latent image in an exposed film.
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1
Taken from a list prepared by the Society of Motion Picture Engineers.
2
Taken from A Selected Glossary for the Motion Picture Technician, published by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
3
Taken from The Film Till Now, by Paul Rotha.

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  • 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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