Meet The Author: Annette Insdorf

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.

• A 30- to 40-minute author talk
• Q&A
• Book sales and signing

Free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres served.

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. Hear Insdorf discuss holding a viewer’s first impressions as she shares a deeper understanding of cinematic technique.

About the Author:
Annette 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. Her books include Francois Truffaut (1979), Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (1983), Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski (1999), Philip Kaufman (2012), and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech (2017).

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