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Book Review: The Innocence of the Eye: A Filmmaker’s Guide

The Innocence of the Eye

Publisher: Silman-James Press

Release Date: October 1, 2002

Ed Spiegel’s The Innocence of the Eye: A Filmmaker’s Guide is a rather lucid study of film language, and an affectionate memorial of Slavo Vorkapich (who was once the head of the film department at USC). Vorkapich had coined the phrase, “the innocence of the eye” to describe film’s unique qualities. He had influenced a number of visual artists, including Saul Bass (who is unfortunately referred to as “Sol Bass” in the book).

Spiegel’s main objective is to relay a basic understanding of film’s visual language (and how one should exploit this language). The book is not unlike other books on film language. While the principals discussed in the text are important, other books seem to relay the same information (and often in more memorable ways).

Review by: Devon Powell