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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bob Moss  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1941 in Olney, England

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Illinois Connection

Moss moved directly to Chicago from London, England when he was 11 years old. He attended James G. Blaine elementary and LakeView High School and graduated from Northwestern University and Chicago-Kent College of Law. After a 30 year abasence he returned home to Chicago in 2004 where he continues to live while attending Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Northwestern.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bob Moss is a graduate of Northwestern University (PhB, 1966) and I.I.T. Chicago Kent College of Law (J.D., 1973). Following a career as a social worker, lawyer, and state district judge, Bob retired and began studying about film—his passion. Bob is a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Northwestern University in Chicago. Over the past several years, he has coordinated several film-study groups at OLLI on topics such as ''The Art of Watching Films'', ''Scene by Scene'', which features directors and actors discussing their famous scenes, and ''The Story of Film''. In addition, Bob leads a number of biweekly movie-discussion groups in which the members analyze current feature films. This book came about due to the positive response Bob received from the discussion group members who learned how to use the film-analysis technique he developed.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Vibes From The Screen: Getting Greater Enjoyment From Films
ISBN: 1635050650

MCP Books. 2016

Bob Moss builds his book around the words of the great filmmakers including Hitchcock, Sayles, Storaro, Caine and Streep. Through them, he introduces readers to the elements of film, filmmakers' techniques, and how to find the meanings portrayed. This dynamic guide also provides an understanding of how various people involved in making a film think about their craft. From these glimpses, the viewer gains better insight into recognizing the themes communicated through the images and sounds of a film. The proven result is greater film enjoyment.

Whether a beginner or an experienced viewer, readers of Vibes From The Screen, will find their appreciation of film and its art enhanced.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Contact Bob Moss at or by phone (773)

325-0138 for talks on how to get more meaning and enjoyment from your film viewing.