Discover how the opening sequences of a great movie sets the tone for the film with Columbia University film professor Annette Insdorf as she discusses her new book, "Cinematic Overtures," as part of our Meet the Author series. There will be a 30- to 40-minute author talk, followed by Q&A, book sales, and signing. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. The program is free and open to all.
The San Francisco Film Festival recently named Insdorf as this year's winner of The Mel Novikoff Award:
Like the opening paragraphs of a novel, the opening sequence of a great movie draws the viewer in, setting up the thematic concerns and stylistic approach that will be developed over the course of the narrative. A strong opening sequence leads the viewer to trust the filmmakers. Other times, opening shots are intentionally misleading as they invite alert, active participation with the film.
Insdorf is the author of "Francois Truffaut, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust," and "Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski." Each of her books has become the definitive text on its subject and the measure for other studies that follow. Insdorf is a professor in the film program of Columbia University’s School of the Arts and host of the Reel Pieces series at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y.
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