A Companion to Film Theory

Author: Toby Miller,Robert Stam

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470700637

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 440

View: 9702

This volume of specially commissioned work by experts in the fieldof film studies provides a comprehensive overview of the field. Itsinternational and interdisciplinary approach will have a broadappeal to those interested in this multifaceted subject. Provides a major collection of specially commissioned work byexperts in the field of film studies. Represents material under a variety of headings, includingclass, race, gender, queer theory, nation, stars, ethnography,authorship, and spectatorship. Offers an international approach to the subject, includingcoverage of topics such as genre, image, sound, editing, cultureindustries, early cinema, classical Hollywood, and TV relations andtechnology. Includes concise chapter-by-chapter accounts of the backgroundand current approaches to each topic, followed by a prognosticationon the future. Considers cinema studies in relation to other forms ofknowledge, such as critical studies, anthropology, andliterature.

Filmtheorie zur Einführung

Author: Thomas Elsässer,Malte Hagener

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783885066217

Category: Film criticism

Page: 247

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Feminism and Film Theory

Author: Constance Penley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135201056

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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First published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Explorations in Film Theory

Selected Essays from Ciné-tracts

Author: Ron Burnett

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253312822

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 289

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Explorations in Film Theory is a selection of some of the most influential articles which originally appeared in CinA(c)-Tracts -- one of the journals which helped define contemporary film theory. The articles represent crucial ideas and theories in the areas of film and communications studies, feminist studies, and film history. They challenge the way theoreticians and filmmakers have not come to grips with sexual difference, and they raise questions about image and how images produce meaning. Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin, Dziga-Vertov, pornography, educational television, and the New German Cinema of the 1970s are some of the topics covered.

Concepts in Film Theory

Author: J. Dudley Andrew

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198020516

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Concepts in Film Theory is a continuation of Dudley Andrew's classic, The Major Film Theories. In writing now about contemporary theory, Andrew focuses on the key concepts in film study -- perception, representation, signification, narrative structure, adaptation, evaluation, identification, figuration, and interpretation. Beginning with an introductory chapter on the current state of film theory, Andrew goes on to build an overall view of film, presenting his own ideas on each concept, and giving a sense of the interdependence of these concepts. Andrew provides lucid explanations of theories which involve perceptual psychology and structuralism; semiotics and psychoanalysis; hermeneutics and genre study. His clear approach to these often obscure theories enables students to acquire the background they need to enrich their understanding of film -- and of art.

What Is Film Theory?

Author: Rushton, Richard,Bettinson, Gary

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335234232

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 211

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'What is Film Theory? is an introduction to the key elements of film theory. So, what is film theory as a subject? Film studies is divided in to key subjects and themes: there's film art which looks at the aesthetics of film; cinema studies which looks at institutions, films themeselves and the industry; film theory which looks at the concepts, philosophies and disciplines which underline film studies. As such, the book will look at subjects including semiotics and strucutalism, psychoanalysis, formalist film theory, cognitive approaches and neoformalism. In the light of the readers' reports it will also address more 'cultural' issues such as queer theory, ethnicity, postcolonialism and world cinema..

Film Theory Goes to the Movies

Cultural Analysis of Contemporary Film

Author: Jim Collins,Ava Preacher Collins,Hilary Radner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135216452

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 9691

Film Theory Goes to the Movies fills the gap in film theory literature which has failed to analyze high-grossing blockbusters. The contributors in this volume, however, discuss such popular films as The Silence of the Lambs, Dances With Wolves, Terminator II, Pretty Woman, Truth or Dare, Mystery Train, and Jungle Fever. They employ a variety of critical approaches, from industry analysis to reception study, to close readings informed by feminist, deconstructive and postmodernist theory, as well as recent developments in African American and gay and lesbian criticism. An important introduction to contemporary Hollywood, this anthology will be of interest to those involved in the fields of film theory, literary theory, popular culture, and women's studies.

Film Theory

An Introduction

Author: Robert Stam

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119491576

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 392

View: 7191

This book is a lively and provoking introduction to film theory. It is suitable for students from any discipline but is particularly aimed at students studying film and literature as it examines issues common to both subjects such as realism, illusionism, narration, point of view, style, semiotics, psychoanalysis and multiculturalism. It also includes coverage of theorists common to both, Barthes, Lacan and Bakhtin among others. Robert Stam, renowned for his clarity of writing, will also include studies of cinema specialists providing readers with a depth of reference not generally available outside the field of film studies itself. Other material covered includes film adaptations of works of literature and analogies between literary and film criticism.

Film Theory

Creating a Cinematic Grammar

Author: Felicity Colman

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231169736

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

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Film Theory addresses the core concepts and arguments created or used by academics, critical film theorists, and filmmakers, including the work of Dudley Andrew, Raymond Bellour, Mary Ann Doane, Miriam Hansen, bell hooks, Siegfried Kracauer, Raul Ruiz, P. Adams Sitney, Bernard Stiegler, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. This volume takes the position that film theory is a form of writing that produces a unique cinematic grammar; and like all grammars, it forms part of the system of rules that govern a language, and is thus applicable to wider range of media forms. In their creation of authorial trends, identification of the technology of cinema as a creative force, and production of films as aesthetic markers, film theories contribute an epistemological resource that connects the technologies of filmmaking and film composition. This book explores these connections through film theorisations of processes of the diagrammatisation (the systems, methodologies, concepts, histories) of cinematic matters of the filmic world.

European Film Theory and Cinema

A Critical Introduction

Author: Ian Aitken

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253340436

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 275

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European Film Theory and Cinema explores the major film theories and movements within European cinema since the early 1900s. An original and critically astute study, it considers film theory within the context of the intellectual climate of the last two centuries. Ian Aitkin focuses particularly on the two major traditions that dominate European film theory and cinema: the "intuitionist modernist and realist" tradition and the "post-Saussurian" tradition. The first originates in a philosophical lineage that encompasses German idealist philosophy, romanticism, phenomenology, and the Frankfurt School. Early intuitionist modernist film culture and later theories and practices of cinematic realism are shown to be part of one continuous tradition. The post-Saussurian tradition includes semiotics, structuralism, and post-structuralism.

Film Theory

An Introduction through the Senses

Author: Thomas Elsaesser,Malte Hagener

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317581156

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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What is the relationship between cinema and spectator? This is the key question for film theory, and one that Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener put at the center of their insightful and engaging book, now revised from its popular first edition. Every kind of cinema (and every film theory) first imagines an ideal spectator, and then maps certain dynamic interactions between the screen and the spectator’s mind, body and senses. Using seven distinctive configurations of spectator and screen that move progressively from ‘exterior’ to ‘interior’ relationships, the authors retrace the most important stages of film theory from its beginnings to the present—from neo-realist and modernist theories to psychoanalytic, ‘apparatus,’ phenomenological and cognitivist theories, and including recent cross-overs with philosophy and neurology. This new and updated edition of Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses has been extensively revised and rewritten throughout, incorporating discussion of contemporary films like Her and Gravity, and including a greatly expanded final chapter, which brings film theory fully into the digital age.

French Film Theory and Criticism: 1907-1929

Author: Richard Abel

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691000626

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 748

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These two volumes examine a significant but previously neglected moment in French cultural history: the emergence of French film theory and criticism before the essays of Andr� Bazin. Richard Abel has devised an organizational scheme of six nearly symmetrical periods that serve to "bite into" the discursive flow of early French writing on the cinema. Each of the periods is discussed in a separate and extensive historical introduction, with convincing explications of the various concepts current at the time. In each instance, Abel goes on to provide a complementary anthology of selected texts in translation. Amounting to a portable archive, these anthologies make available a rich selection of nearly one hundred and fifty important texts, most of them never before published in English.

Film Theory

An Introduction, Second Edition

Author: Robert Lapsley,Michael Westlake

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719073755

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 317

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Film theory: an introduction offers a highly readable account of film theory and is an indispensable resource for students. The discussion ranges from the late 1960s to the present, a period in which a number of conceptual strands, notably politics, semiotics and psychoanalysis were woven together in an ambitious synthesis. In this book, the authors chart the construction of this synthesis and its subsequent fragmentation, and clearly explain the various intellectual currents which have contributed to it. Divided into two parts, the first covers the conceptual background of film theory, dealing with historical materialism, semiotics and psychoanalysis, whilst in the second the authors concentrate on particular topics such as authorship, narrative, realism, the avant-garde and postmodernism. For this new edition, the authors have added a new foreword, a fully updated and expanded bibliography, and a 60-page Retrospect outlining developments within film theory since the book's original publication in 1988. This Retrospect identifies a number of broad readings of Theory, each with a different perspective on the main content of the book. As such, it provides a new and original mapping of the 'post-theory' moment in this complex and often fractured terrain. Accessible and authoritative, this book is essential reading for students of film theory, or indeed anyone seeking a deeper understanding of modern cinema.

The Visual Turn

Classical Film Theory and Art History

Author: Angela Dalle Vacche

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813531731

Category: Art

Page: 279

View: 9324

This collection of essays demonstrates the usefulness of looking at cinema with the analytical methods provided by art theory. The Visual Turn is a dialogue between art historians and film theorists from the silent period to the aftermath of World War II. Its aim is to broaden the horizons of film studies, while making students of art history more comfortable when they approach the key texts of classical film theory.

Béla Balázs

Early Film Theory : Visible Man and The Spirit of Film

Author: Béla Balázs

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845456603

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

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Béla Balázs was a Hungarian Jewish film theorist, author, screenwriter and film director who was at the forefront of Hungarian literary life before being forced into exile for Communist activity after 1919. His German-language theoretical essays on film date from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s, the period of his early exile in Vienna and Berlin."--pub. desc.

Film Form

Essays in Film Theory

Author: Sergei Eisenstein

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547539479

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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A classic on the aesthetics of filmmaking from the pioneering Soviet director who made Battleship Potemkin. Though he completed only a half-dozen films, Sergei Eisenstein remains one of the great names in filmmaking, and is also renowned for his theory and analysis of the medium. Film Form collects twelve essays, written between 1928 and 1945, that demonstrate key points in the development of Eisenstein’s film theory and in particular his analysis of the sound-film medium. Edited, translated, and with an introduction by Jay Leyda, this volume allows modern-day film students and fans to gain insights from the man who produced classics such as Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible and created the renowned “Odessa Steps” sequence.

Film Theory

Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies

Author: Philip Simpson,Andrew Utterson,Karen J. Shepherdson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415259729

Category: Cinematography

Page: 297

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Feminist Film Theory

A Reader

Author: Sue Thornham

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814782442

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 361

View: 2831

For the past twenty-five years, cinema has been a vital terrain on which feminist debates about culture, representation, and identity have been fought. This anthology charts the history of those debates, bringing together the key, classic essays in feminist film theory. Feminist Film Theory maps the impact of major theoretical developments on this growing field-from structuralism and psychoanalysis in the 1970s, to post-colonial theory, queer theory, and postmodernism in the 1990s. Covering a wide range of topics, including oppressive images, "woman" as fetishized object of desire, female spectatorship, and the cinematic pleasures of black women and lesbian women, Feminist Film Theory is an indispensable reference for scholars and students in the field. Contributors include Judith Butler, Carol J. Clover, Barbara Creed, Michelle Citron, Mary Ann Doane, Teresa De Lauretis, Jane Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Molly Haskell, bell hooks, Claire Johnston, Annette Kuhn, Julia Lesage, Judith Mayne, Tania Modleski, Laura Mulvey, B. Ruby Rich, Kaja Silverman, Sharon Smith, Jackie Stacey, Janet Staiger, Anna Marie Taylor, Valerie Walkerdine, and Linda Williams.

Deleuze and Film Music

Building a Methodological Bridge Between Film Theory and Music

Author: Gregg Redner

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841503703

Category: Art

Page: 194

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The analysis of film music is emerging as one of the fastest-growing areas of interest in film studies. Yet scholarship in this up-and-coming field has been beset by the lack of a common language and methodology between film and music theory. Drawing on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, film studies scholar Gregg Redner provides a much-needed analysis of the problem which then forms the basis of his exploration of the function of the film score and its relation to film's other elements. Not just a groundbreaking examination of persistent difficulties in this new area of study, Deleuze and Film Music also offers a solution—a methodological bridge—that will take film music analysis to a new level.

Feminist Film Studies

Author: Karen Hollinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136509194

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Feminist Film Studies is a readable, yet comprehensive textbook for introductory classes in feminist film theory and criticism. Karen Hollinger provides an accessible overview of women’s representation and involvement in film, complemented by analyses of key texts that illustrate major topics in the field. Key areas include: a brief history of the development of feminist film theory the theorization of the male gaze and the female spectator women in genre films and literary adaptations the female biopic feminism and avant-garde and documentary film women as auteurs lesbian representation women in Third Cinema. Each chapter includes a "Films in Focus" section, which analyzes key texts related to the chapter’s major topic, including examples from classical Hollywood, world cinema, and the contemporary period. This book provides students in both film and gender/women’s studies with a clear introduction to the field of feminist film theory and criticism.