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Our love of films often leads us to discuss them in enthusiastic, if not necessarily sophisticated, conversations. Many moviegoers want a better understanding so that they might better articulate their experiences. This midpoint between theorizing and plot summary is not difficult to achieve. Since their introduction just before the turn of the 20th century, the vast majority of narrative films have followed the same structure--now known as Classic Hollywood Cinema. This book examines what "classic" means, particularly in Westerns, gangster films, film noir, horror, science fiction, slapstick comedy and screwball comedy/romance. The reader is introduced to concepts of film theory, which leads to a better and deeper appreciation of the movies. A 20-page comprehensive industry glossary of film terms is included for easy reference.
About the Author
Michael Patrick Gillespie is a professor of English at Florida International University. He has published books on James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Kennedy, Irish film, and chaos theory. He lives in Coconut Grove, Florida.