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Dictionary of Film Terms

Beaver, Frank Eugene

Dictionary of Film Terms

The Aesthetic Companion to Film Art
Fourth Edition

Year of Publication: 2009

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XVI, 315 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0453-4 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.360 kg, 0.794 lbs

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Book synopsis

Winner! 2007 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.
Now in its fourth edition, Frank Beaver’s Dictionary of Film Terms has become an indispensable reference tool for the study of films and filmmaking. This trusted and practical handbook clearly and concisely defines the essential terms of film analysis, with a special focus on the aesthetic values of filmmaking. This updated, expanded edition covers areas as wide-ranging as digital cinema, direct-to-DVD, and polyphonic film, and includes numerous stills from classic and contemporary films. References to nearly 150 films not cited in previous editions have been added. Extensive cross-referencing among individual definitions ensures easy access to specific terms, and a comprehensive topical index relates to larger concepts of film art. This up-to-date and comprehensive resource is a useful companion for film students and filmgoers, who will find it illuminating in its range and clarity.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Frank Eugene Beaver is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus of Screen Arts and Cultures and Communication Studies at the University of Michigan where he taught film for 35 years. For 25 years he was the film critic for Michigan’s state-wide NPR radio stations WUOM-WFUM-WVGR.


«Frank Beaver has thoroughly catalogued, with precision and nuance, the essential terms used in the world of film production and scholarship.» (From the Foreword by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier)