I have been searching for a text for an Intro to Motion Pictures class and this might be it. I have dozens of other texts which are usually expensive and which attempt to cover everything. This text restrains its focus and in doing so becomes very useful to new readers about cinema. It has a great blend of comment about major theories coupled with specific examples from films. The “key event” structure spans the silent years to Mike Figgis and Timecode. There are many books which might be in a comprehensive film library, but if you are looking for an insightful guided tour of cinema art, I would choose Closely Watched Films.