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Film as Art, 50th Anniversary Printing


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1957 A Personal Note

1933 Selections Adapted from Film
1 Film and Reality
2 The Making of a Film
3 The Content of the Film
4 The Complete Film

1933 The Thoughts That Made the Picture Move

1934 Motion

1935 A Forecast of Television

1938 A New Laocoon: Artistic Composites and the Talking Film

About the Author

Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. His books include Visual Thinking (UC Press, 1969, 2004) and Art and Visual Perception (UC Press, 1954, 1974, 2004).


"More than half a century since its initial publication, this deceptively compact book remains among the most incisive analyses of the formal and perceptual dynamics of cinema. No one who cares about film can afford to remain ignorant of its insights and wisdom. As digital technology fundamentally alters motion pictures, the lessons of Film as Art commend themselves as excellent insurance against reinventing the wheel in the new media landscape and hailing it as progress." - Edward Dimendberg author of Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity "After more than eight decades, Rudolph Arnheim's small book of film theory remains one of the essential works in defining film art, understanding film less as reproducing the world than as opening up new possibilities for formal play and unexpected imagery. Anyone serious about film, whether scholar, filmmaker or simply a lover of cinema, must take Arnheim seriously." - Tom Gunning, author of The Films of Fritz Lang (2000) and D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film (1994)"

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