Film Talk: What do those words really mean?


Hang around film festivals long enough and you will notice certain phrases cropping up. A film blurb may describe the work as “multi-layered”; or a director may describe his own work as “free-form”. Since an understanding of such terms will aid your artistic appreciation, here is a Film Glossary. (I had to attach it as a pdf file because htm doesn’t handle tables well.)

If you have any additions you would like to make, let me know. I will add them and credit you.

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About aharmlessdrudge

Way back during the late Bronze age -- actually it was the 1950s -- all of us in high school had to take a vocational test to determine our interests and, supposedly, our future careers. I cannot remember the outcome, but I do recall one question that gave me pause. "If you were to win a Nobel prize, would it be in literature or in physics?" I hesitated over the question: although I enjoyed mathematics and science more than English class, I did have a couple of unfinished (and very bad) novels hidden away at home. I cannot remember what I chose back then, but the dilemma followed me to university, where I switched from mathematics to English and -- after a five-year stint in journalism -- back to mathematics. I recently retired as a professor of statistics. Retirement. What a good chance to revive my literary ambitions. I have finished a novel -- more about that in good time -- and a rubble of drafts of articles about mathematics and statistics is taking up space on my hard disk.
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