Annette Insdorf is a professor in the Graduate 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 Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust (1983), Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski (1999), Francois Truffaut (1979), Philip Kaufman (2012), and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has (2017).
Cinematic Overtures is about openings; it serves as an opening to a much wider field of films. It is, therefore, a kind of overture itself. It's surprising that nobody has thought to do this before, and it leads to a fascinating subject ripe for in-depth discussion. This book's strengths lie in the erudition Annette Insdorf brings to the subject, her extensive experience of writing about and teaching film, and the precision of her formal analysis. -- Ed Sikov, author of Film Studies: An Introduction