Introduction To Film Studies

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Author: Jill Nelmes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136777156
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Introduction To Film Studies by Jill Nelmes

Original Title: Introduction To Film Studies

Introduction to Film Studies is a comprehensive textbook for students of cinema. This completely revised and updated fifth edition guides students through the key issues and concepts in film studies, traces the historical development of film and introduces some of the worlds key national cinemas. A range of theories and theorists are presented from Formalism to Feminism, from Eisenstein to Deleuze. Each chapter is written by a subject specialist, including two new authors for the fifth edition. A wide range of films are analysed and discussed. It is lavishly illustrated with 150 film stills and production shots, in full colour throughout. Reviewed widely by teachers in the field and with a foreword by Bill Nichols, it will be essential reading for any introductory student of film and media studies or the visual arts worldwide. Key features of the fifth edition are: updated coverage of a wide range of concepts, theories and issues in film studies in-depth discussion of the contemporary film industry and technological changes new chapters on Film and Technology and Latin American Cinema new case studies on films such as District 9, Grizzly Man, Amores Perros, Avatar, Made in Dagenham and many others marginal key terms, notes, cross-referencing suggestions for further reading, further viewing and a comprehensive glossary and bibliography a new, improved companion website including popular case studies and chapters from previous editions (including chapters on German Cinema and The French New Wave), links to supporting sites, clips, questions and useful resources. Individual chapters include: The Industrial Contexts of Film Production · Film and Technology · Getting to the Bigger · Picture Film Form and Narrative · Spectator, Audience and Response · Cinematic authorship and the film auteur · Stardom and Hollywood Cinema · Genre, Theory and Hollywood Cinema The Documentary Form · The Language of Animation · Gender and Film · Lesbian and Gay Cinema · Spectacle, Stereotypes and Films of the African Diaspora · British Cinema · Indian Cinema · Latin American Cinema · Soviet Montage Cinema of the 1920s Contributors: Linda Craig, Lalitha Gopalan, Terri Francis, Chris Jones, Mark Joyce, Searle Kochberg, Lawrence Napper, Jill Nelmes, Patrick Phillips, Suzanne Speidel, Paul Ward, Paul Watson, Paul Wells and William Wittington

Engaging Cinema

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Author: Bill Nichols
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393934918
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Engaging Cinema by Bill Nichols

Original Title: Engaging Cinema

In what ways do films influence and interact with society? What social forces determine the kinds of movies that get made? How do movies reinforce—and sometimes overturn—social norms? As societies evolve, do the films that were once considered ‘great’ slip into obscurity? Which ones? Why? These questions, and many others like them, represent the mainstream of scholarly film studies today. In Engaging Cinema, Bill Nichols offers the first book for introductory film students that tackles these topics head-on. Published in a handy 'trade paperback' format, Engaging Cinema is inexpensive and utterly unique in the field—a perfect complement to or replacement for standard film texts.

Film Studies

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Author: Ed Sikov
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231142939
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Film Studies by Ed Sikov

Original Title: Film Studies

Ed Sikov builds a step-by-step curriculum for the appreciation of all types of narrative cinema, detailing the essential elements of film form and systematically training the spectator to be an active reader and critic. Sikov primes the eye and mind in the special techniques of film analysis. His description of mise-en-scene helps readers grasp the significance of montage, which in turn reveals the importance of a director's use of camera movement. He treats a number of fundamental factors in filmmaking, including editing, composition, lighting, the use of color and sound, and narrative. Film Studies works with any screening list and can be used within courses on film history, film theory, or popular culture. Straightforward explanations of core critical concepts, practical advice, and suggested assignments on particular technical, visual, and aesthetic aspects further anchor the reader's understanding of the formal language and anatomy of film.

Nerves In Patterns On A Screen

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Author: Garry Leonard
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0987806246
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Nerves In Patterns On A Screen by Garry Leonard

Original Title: Nerves In Patterns On A Screen

Movies offer us images (and usually sounds) that “thr[ow our] nerves in patterns on a screen” (Eliot). In other words, they express the neurological hyperactivity of modern subjects. Films are affect machines, in this respect. Each has its own heartbeat (narrative highs and lows), dramatic expansions and contractions (montage), and changing patterns and light (cinematography). Viewers engage with these affect machines viscerally, such that we are like Charlie Chaplin who dives into the machine in Modern Times. As we move through these affect machines we identify with some characters and empathize with others and, in the process, engage in something dynamic and experiential. When the credits roll and the lights go up, we find ourselves suddenly out of this affect machine and, in many cases, restored, rejuvinated, ready to face (and/or challenge) the world again. In its overdetermined status as a modern art form generated by modern technologies and focused on modern dilemmas (even if the narrative takes place in ancient times, the themes are translated in ways that engage modern viewers), cinema exists in a web-like, rhizomic relationship with modernity. Rhizomes are like converging root systems all tangled together. They are non-hierarchical but interrelated in “random, unregulated networks in which any element may be connected with any other element” (Bogue 107). Films are, themselves, rhizomes of form and content. In addition, they are rhizomes that not only arise out of modernity but also interact with modernity and within individuals in extended web-like relationships. The following chapters looks at films that have made impacts both in the history of film and, more broadly, in historical events of the Twentieth Century. Each chapter explores the ways in which modernity (the socio-historical, economic, and cultural context of the films) intersects with film content (character, plot, and various mise-en-scène elements that are part of the film’s narrative) and with cinematic form (camera angles, shot types, editing, lighting, sound, and other cinematic elements that are not part of the story itself) in web-like, rhizomic relationships. The chapters are organized diachronically, for the most part, following the evolution of cinematic form from 1895 to the present. At the same time, each chapter will consider the diachronic (across linear time) dynamic whereby films influenced their time and vice-versa. By looking at the way audience’s own understanding of characters or events were (and continue to be) influenced by, for instance, German Expressionistic settings or Russian Formalist montage, we can learn a lot about how subjects were (and continue to be) “directed” to see the world and to view themselves in it. By honing this ability to view films critically and consciously through a study of over 20 important films produced from 1895-2013, we can begin to identify the elements that have made film among the most powerful art forms of the 20th century. Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1 Arts of Exposure: From Still Photography to Way Down East Chapter 2 German Expressionism and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: Chapter 3 Irrational Exuberance and the American Dream in Post-WWI American Melodrama: The Kid and The Jazz Singer Chapter 4 Formalism and Surrealism: Exposing Cuts in Battleship Potemkin and Andalusian Dog Chapter 5 From Mass Hypnosis to Mass Genocide: Triumph of the Will and Night and Fog Chapter 6 Restorative Fictions and the Convulsive Realities They Obscure: Stagecoach and Dakota 38 Chapter 7 Deep Focus in a Hall of Mirrors: The Hollow Core of Citizen Kane Chapter 8 Double Vision: The Truth about Lies in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt and Maya Deren’s Meshes in the Afternoon Chapter 9 Melodrama and Modernism: Chapter 10 Mirrors and Masks in Cléo from 5-7 and Black Girl Chapter 11 (Mis)representations and (Re)presentations of Race in Crash and 12 Years a Slave

Film Studies The Basics

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Author: Amy Villarejo
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113501177X
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Film Studies The Basics by Amy Villarejo

Original Title: Film Studies The Basics

Film Studies: The Basics is a compelling guide to the study of cinema in all its forms. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of recent scholarship, the latest developments in the industry and the explosive impact of new technologies. Core topics covered include: The history, technology and art of cinema Theories of stardom, genre and film-making The movie industry from Hollywood to Bollywood Who does what on a film set Complete with film stills, end-of-chapter summaries and a substantial glossary, Film Studies: The Basics is the ideal introduction to those new to the study of cinema.

Beginning Film Studies

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Author: Andrew Dix
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1784991384
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Beginning Film Studies by Andrew Dix

Original Title: Beginning Film Studies

For this new volume, Andrew Dix has thoroughly updated the first edition, writing fresh case studies, tracking and evaluating recent developments in the study of film, and providing the most up-to-the-minute suggestions of books and websites for further reading.

An Introduction To World Cinema 2d Ed

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Author: Aristides Gazetas
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786451241
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An Introduction To World Cinema 2d Ed by Aristides Gazetas

Original Title: An Introduction To World Cinema 2d Ed

"Scholarly...excellent."--The Midwest Book Review "The finest book to supplement an introductory film course designed to help college students better understand the significance of the motion picture."--Rogue Cinema "Offers critical essays by film scholars...the best film text currently available...the quintessential study guide."--The Current. Motion pictures are more than just entertainment. In film studies courses in colleges and universities worldwide, students and professors explore the social, political, technological and historical implications of cinema. This textbook provides two things: the history of film as an art form and an analysis of its impact on society and politics. Chapters are arranged chronologically, covering the major developments in film, like the advent of talkies or the French New Wave. Each era is examined in the context of several exemplary films commonly viewed in film studies courses. Thus students can watch Birth of a Nation and Intolerance while studying the innovations made by D.W. Griffith from 1910 to 1919. The scope is global, embracing the cinematic traditions of Asia, Latin America and Africa, as well as the ever important American and European output. Thoughtful articles from film scholars are included. The flexible structure of the text allows a variety of options for classroom use or personal study.

Introduction To Film

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Author: Nick Lacey
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137463872
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Introduction To Film by Nick Lacey

Original Title: Introduction To Film

Movie watching has never been so wide-ranging or so popular. The rise of Internet-based video on demand has transformed the way films are distributed and exhibited, with many previously unobtainable and obscure films becoming available for global audiences to view instantly. The second edition of this concise yet complete introduction to film responds to these shifts in the medium, while continuing to address all of the main approaches that continue to inform film studies. This new edition also: • reflects the increasing importance of production contexts in chapters that focus exclusively on the film business, distribution and exhibition • represents the significance of transnational cinema, moving away from Western-centric perspectives of film and drawing on a more global, non-Hollywood range of film examples and case studies from Europe, Asia and Latin America • is now illustrated with a wider variety of film stills, representing world cinema from the classics to the latest in contemporary cinema. Interweaving historical and current theoretical approaches, Nick Lacey presents a tightly-focused and coherent overview of a discipline in transition. With its original narrative line and student-oriented philosophy, the second edition continues to enrich students' appreciation of cinema, while equipping them with the essential skills and vocabulary to succeed in film studies. This is an ideal foundational text for all students and enthusiasts of cinema.

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