As promised, I’m posting the notes I took while reading this wonderful book on cinematic language. It was published in 1958, however a lot of the theories mentioned in the book were developed by Pudovkin and Kuleshov in the 20’s. The notes I took are quite dense, however I still urge everyone who is truly serious about making films to read the actual book. I have learned so much, it’s a Pandora’s Box of cinematic language. Next up I’m taking on the writings of either Kuleshov or Andre Bazin – both have affected the language of cinema to a great extent.
“The most influential book I read at that time was Pudovkin’s Film Technique. It is a very simple unpretentious book that illuminates rather than embroiders. It certainly makes it clear that film cutting is the one and only aspect of films that is unique and unrelated to any other art form. I found this book much more important than the complex writings of Eisenstein.” – Stanley Kubrick