Film is a fantastic gateway to understanding a culture or country. By watching a film we can learn about history, politics, life stories and other countries, and discover how different societies deal with different issues at different periods of time. The word ‘movie’ is short for ‘moving images’, but cinema is about much more than a collection of photographs: it involves images, sound, lighting, props, camera angles, casting choices, shooting locations and much more. When we start to analyse a film and take these different pieces apart, we can discover new meanings in a film.
Rona Murray introduces the key terms and ideas you need to do this. By using examples from recent German films, Rona shows how you can start to analyse a film for extra meaning and the impact this has not only on the film itself, but our understanding of history, of different cultures and societies and of the way film can be used to discuss key issues in the past and present.
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About the Author
Rona Murray is currently researching into aspects of women’s film authorship at Lancaster University. Her previous experience includes tutoring at sixth form level in Film and Media Studies.