Packed with examples, images and classroom-tested pedagogy, this book is a truly comprehensive introduction to film studies for all newcomers to the field. It is highly illustrated with examples from a wide range of films. It is packed with classroom-tested study aids. It offers a comprehensive coverage of all aspects found within any film studies syllabus. It includes detailed and comprehensive glossary with illustrations. Combining the universal appeal of movies with academic rigor, this book provides a complete introduction to the technical, theoretical, social and historical aspects of film. With international examples and over 500 images, the text helps students develop the critical skills they need to analyze films and understand the medium in all its variety.