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Description - Talking Pictures by Ann Hornaday

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465094233
ISBN-10: 0465094236
Format: Hardback
(215mm x 149mm x 27mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday is a film critic at the Washington Post and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in criticism. Hornaday lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies by Ann Hornaday
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