Fourth Edition   ©2015

The Film Experience

An Introduction

Timothy Corrigan (University of Pennsylvania) , Patricia White (Swarthmore College)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-6354-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-6354-3; Format: Paper Text, 544 pages

  • An innovative approach to film studies that integrates cultural, critical, and technical knowledge with practical teaching tools. The book covers the evolution of film in our culture, critical perspectives on ideas like genre and film theory, and formal elements like sound and editing -- all with examples and assignments that bring these concepts to life.
  • The best art program in this course features over nine hundred images selected from significant, popular, and thought-provoking films to visually reinforce the techniques, concepts, and traditions discussed throughout the text.
  • The perfect mix of classic, contemporary, Hollywood, independent, and international films, utilizing examples that reflect the diversity of both the film medium and film students – from Star Wars and Citizen Kane to The 400 Blows and 12 Years a Slave.
  • Visually engaging features that help students understand and analyze cinematic concepts:
    • Form in Action boxes illustrate key cinematic components like editing, cinematography, mise en scene, and more, in every formal chapter. Every Form in Action box now includes a video clip online with discussion questions.
    • Film in Focus boxes showcase in-depth analysis of the book's concepts as used in specific films including Vertigo, Bonnie and Clyde, Stories We Tell, Minority Report, Citizen Kane, Rashomon, and many more.  Every Film in Focus boxes now includes a video clip online with discussion questions.
    • Viewing Cues in the margins of each chapter prompt students to consider how to apply the course's ideas to films they've experienced. Every chapter also includes at least one Viewing Cue enhanced with online film clips that bring the ideas to life.