As a student at film school, one of the most popular topics was film theory, which is an analytical study of cinema as a language. The movie theory in many different ways in its approach over the years, but always found the most experimental style to be the most rewarding.
In film school, I had read all the classics, including Bazin What is the cinema? Form Eisenstein Film and Cinema Sentido and Hitchcock / Truffaut, the last round of talks between filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut. These books and many movies that I have had the opportunity to see gave me a great idea of how movies are made and what the filmmakers actually trying to convey.
It is not very easy to divide the many levels of a movie. In some cases, it is necessary to watch a movie several times to get the essence of what is expressed. Much of the technique focuses on lighting, composition and especially editing. In my current theory of the film, we were watching a movie and a specific scene is shown on an analytical projector. For example, my teacher spent almost an hour to break down each individual shot of the shower scene in Psycho, so we can understand the impact of the quick clippings and short shots and the way they constitute a striking sequence 50 years later Still meticulously studied.
Some film schools incorporate a form of anthropology and psychoanalysis into their theory of the film, which was not what was exposed. Instead, it is more about the film itself and the use of technology to create mood and feeling. It was also a great opportunity to see films that I never got to see, the work of Stan Brakhage, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Jean Cocteau and Dziga Vertov among others.
This type of experience has been very beneficial for my education in the cinema, since it influenced my approach to the cinema. Much of this is derived from narrative theory, but in the film, using only the pictures can tell a story, for example, the first silent films, some of which have used the items to display a dialog box.
Silent films are important for an academic training in film and film theory as well. Until the arrival of sound, there were silent films. However, when some students may find silent films, dry and bored, there is a multitude of cinematic knowledge contained in it.