The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Movies, Flicks, and Films

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If you love movies, this entertaining, user-friendly manual offers you a selective guide for finding what you like and for discovering films that are new to you, from 1920s French films to classic Westerns. It covers Hollywoods entire hundred-year history and explains film genre and terminology.

Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot’s Guide
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1 edition (December 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002863988X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028639888
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

Customer Reviews

The Title says it all

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 27, 2011
By ohio joe
I love this book . . . I’ve been teaching film for 21 years and this book has been a great introduction to those that have never thought about films critically before. If you have had a film appreciation class or are fond of reading about film this book may be of limited use, but it may be entertaining and useful. I wish this book were still in print. This book introduces the basic concepts of film criticism and theory and history in a non-threatening way. If you read this book, pay attention, and watch the films that are recommended you would be well on your way to being film literate.

Great material to convert a beginner into a filmophile

15 people found this helpful.
 on March 6, 2001
A great introduction to the entire world of film — not just Hollywood, but a host of world cinemas from European to Latin American to African and Near Eastern. The examples used are well explained and are always pertinent to the points at hand. My favorite chapters were one on film theory (which made obscure concepts accessible to the beginner) and one that used all the concepts introduced in the book to explain the German silent film “Nosferatu.” I had just seen the new movie “Shadow of the Vampire,” which is based on the making of “Nosferatu”; this book made me understand for the first time what a complex piece of art that early movie is. I highly recommend this book as an affordable intro to film criticism that, while accessible and fun to read, does not talk down to its audience.

My English Report

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 27, 2008
By Jim W.
Are you kidding me one star guy?!? I used this book in my American Lit. term paper, and I thought it was fantastic! And I’m a heavy reader! It gave me everything I needed for an easy A, and I enjoyed reading it too.

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