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FILM E-BOOK How to Read a Film by James Monaco [in chapter sections]

How to Read a Film

By James Monaco (First published 1977)

Chapter 1. Film as Art

Chapter 2. Technology: Imagine and Sound

Chapter 3. The Language of Films: Signs and Syntax

Chapter 4. The Shape of Film History

Chapter 5. Film Theory: Form and Function

Chapter 6. Media: In the Middle of Things

Chapter 7. Multimedia: The Digital Revolution

June 19, 2011 - Posted by | film music, film narratology, film production, film stock, film techniques, film theory, film [its techniques], film-maker, James Monaco


  1. Thanks for sharing! But the images are not in between the text, which i find rather odd, comparing to the hardcopy version of the book.

    Comment by Jeyna Grace | August 29, 2012 | Reply

  2. Hi Jeyna > Yes, true. May be a copywrite issue. But the Scribd e-version – which is a facsimile – linked to in another post, has got the images in, though they are terrible. The book is much more enjoyable but I find the the e-versions are handy for quick searches.
    E-books have their uses. An example: in my old blog Moleskine Modality [link from COTA], you’ll find links to e-texts of Proust’s A la Researche – great fun to search for all references to bells and relate that to the structure of Harold Pinter’s The Proust Play.

    Comment by adferoafferro | August 29, 2012 | Reply

  3. which edition is this?

    Comment by David Muñoz | October 15, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi David > Not sure. But read the comment I put up to Jenya on the graphics. it’s really worth having the book, if you haven’t already got the latest edition. I felt the e-book was handy for searches, even if it is not the most up-to-date.

      Comment by adferoafferro | October 15, 2012 | Reply

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