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The Art of Early Cinema: Seeing and Storytelling

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar. This seminar offers a lively overview of cinema styles from the 1890s to 1931. By exploring examples of comedy, drama, suspense, and Expressionism, and through discussion of early film criticism, we will develop new ways of seeing the moving image and understanding narrative art. Sessions will focus on feature-length […]

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Appreciating Form in Books and Movies

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar This seminar offers a lively survey of some of the artistic techniques, styles, innovations, and traditions that we encounter everyday. Through literary excerpts, film clips, lectures, and discussion, our sessions will explore the importance, in fiction and film, of a good beginning, the depiction of characters’ thoughts and feelings, […]

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Six Revelations Provoked by Theater-Screening The Wizard of Oz

Oh you can say there’s nothing to be gained by seeing The Wizard of Oz on the big screen of a real theater, and you can say we knew all these things before, and you can say a big screen at home is big enough for anything we want to see. But with the principle […]

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Ebert and Writing

“Eventually you’ll know more than I do, and then you can have the job.” Roger Ebert. This is from Ebert’s “A Memo to Myself and Certain Other Film Critics,” first published November 17, 1991 and included in the collection Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (432). In this brief essay, Ebert considers […]

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Showing and Telling

You can hold a mimetic theory of the novel if you believe the narrational methods of fiction to resemble those of drama, and you can hold a diegetic theory of painting if you posit visual spectacle to be analogous to linguistic transmission. Bordwell. This remark, from David Bordwell’s Narration in the Fiction Film (Routledge 1986, […]