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Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies

by Hornaday Ann
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A veteran film critic offers a lively, opinionated guide to thinking and talking about movies--from Casablancato Chinatown, Groundhog Day to Selma.
Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art-house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations with friends, we all need ways to watch and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a Nora Ephron romantic comedy, how can everyday viewers determine what makes a good movie

In Talking Pictures, veteran film critic Ann Hornaday walks us through the production of a typical movie-from writing the script and casting to the final sound edit-and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. How do we know if a film is well-written, above and beyond snappy dialogue What constitutes a great screen performance What goes into praiseworthy cinematography, editing, and sound design And what does a director really do Full of engaging anecdotes and interviews with actors and filmmakers, Talking Pictures will help us see movies in a whole new light-not just as fans, but as film critics in our own right.

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