Film Studies

Author: Ed Sikov
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231142939
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

An Introduction to Film Studies

Author: Jill Nelmes
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415262699
Format: PDF
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An Introduction to Film Studies has established itself as the leading textbook for students of cinema. This revised and updated third edition guides students through the key issues and concepts in film studies, and introduces some of the world's key national cinemas including British, Indian, Soviet and French. Written by experienced teachers in the field and lavishly illustrated with over 122 film stills and production shots, it will be essential reading for any student of film.Features of the third edition include:*full coverage of all the key topics at undergraduate level*comprehensive and up-to-date information and new case studies on recent films such as Gladiator , Spiderman , The Blair Witch Project, Fight Club , Shrek and The Matrix*annotated key readings, further viewing, website resources, study questions, a comprehensive bibliography and indexes, and a glossary of key terms will help lecturers prepare tutorials and encourage students to undertake independent study.Individual chapters include:*Film form and narrative*Spectator, audience and response*Critical approaches to Hollywood cinema: authorship, genre and stars*Animation: forms and meaning*Gender and film*Lesbian and gay cinema*British cinema*Soviet montage Cinema*French New Wave*Indian Cinema

AS Film Studies

Author: Sarah Casey Benyahia
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415393108
Format: PDF, Docs
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AS Film Studies: The Essential Introductiongives students the confidence to tackle every part of the WJEC AS level Film Studies course. The authors, who have wide ranging experience as teachers, examiners and authors, introduce students step by step, to the skills involved in the study of film. The second edition follows the new WJEC syllabus for 2008 teaching onwards and has a companion website with additional resources for students and teachers. Specifically designed to be user friendly, the second edition of AS Film Studies: The Essential Introduction has a new text design to make the book easy to follow, includes more than 100 colour photographs and is jam packed with features such as: Case studies relevant to the 2008 specification Activities on films including Little Miss Sunshine, Pirates of the Caribbean& The Descent Key terms Example exam questions Suggestions for further reading and website resources

Film und Stereotyp

Author: Jörg Schweinitz
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3050086092
Format: PDF, ePub
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Am Film des Mainstream-Kinos wurde seit den 20er Jahren von Schriftstellern, Kunst- und Kulturkritikern, aber auch von den Theoretikern und Publizisten des Films immer wieder die Neigung zum Formelhaften, zu Klischees, zu konventionellen Bildern, wiederkehrenden Erzählmustern und Vorstellungswelten hervorgehoben. An ihr entzündeten sich vehemente Debatten. Jörg Schweinitz erfasst diese Tendenz mit dem Begriff Stereotyp - also mit einem Terminus, dem die Ambivalenz von Funktionalität und distanziertem kritischen Blick eingeschrieben ist. Er sichtet Stereotyptheorien von den verschiedenen Zweigen der Psychologie bis zur Sprach-, Literatur- und Kunsttheorie, um wesentliche Facetten filmischer Stereotypik theoretisch zu modellieren. Vor allem aber geht er der Frage nach, welche Denkweisen gegenüber der intellektuellen und ästhetischen Herausforderung durch das Stereotyp in den film- und kulturtheoretischen Debatten entwickelt wurden. Welche Konzepte dominierten unterschiedliche Phasen des Diskurses? Nachgezeichnet wird die Geschichte des filmtheoretischen Nachdenkens über ein Thema, das sich nahezu durch das gesamte 20. Jahrhundert zog. Autoren wie Hugo Münsterberg, Walther Rathenau, Béla Balázs, Robert Musil, Rudolf Arnheim, René Fülöp-Miller, Theodor W. Adorno aber auch Erwin Panofsky, Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag oder die Filmologen Gilbert Cohen-Séat und Edgar Morin sowie viele andere haben – hier gesichtete – Beiträge zum untersuchten Diskurs geleistet. Dieser begann mit fundamentaler Kritik und mündete schließlich in die postmoderne Lust am Stereotyp. In detaillierten Filmanalysen beschreibt das Buch schließlich, wie die Herausforderung durch das Stereotyp auch von den Filmemachern angenommen wurde. Es zeigt, dass ähnlich dem theoretischen Denken auch in Spielfilmen selbst verschiedene Modelle ästhetischer Anverwandlung von Stereotypen oder ihrer Selbstreflexion hervortreten – von früher ironischer Reflexion (bei Alexander Granowski), bewusster Abwendung (bei Roberto Rossellini), kritischer Dekonstruktion (bei Robert Altman in den 70er Jahren) bis zur Verklärung (bei Sergio Leone oder den Coen-Brothers). Entstanden ist die Geschichte sowohl eines theoretischen als auch eines kinematographischen Diskurses zu einem Jahrhundertthema des Kinos, das heute über den Film hinaus von allgemeinerem medienwissenschaftlichen Interesse ist.

Beginning film studies

Author: Andrew Dix
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780719072550
Format: PDF, Mobi
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'Beginning Film Studies fills an urgent need in the academic film studies market, offering coverage of the field that is detailed and scholarly, but also compact and affordable. As well as covering the essential historical ground, it is also up-to-the-minute in its mapping of the field, looking at movie fan fiction and stars' websites.

Film Studies

Author: Glyn Davis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131762338X
Format: PDF
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Film Studies: A Global Introduction reroutes film studies from its Euro-American focus and canon in order to introduce students to a medium that has always been global but has become differently and insistently so in the digital age. Glyn Davis, Kay Dickinson, Lisa Patti and Amy Villarejo’s approach encourages readers to think about film holistically by looking beyond the textual analysis of key films. In contrast, it engages with other vital areas, such as financing, labour, marketing, distribution, exhibition, preservation, and politics, reflecting contemporary aspects of cinema production and consumption worldwide. Key features of the book include: clear definitions of the key terms at the foundation of film studies coverage of the work of key thinkers, explained in their social and historical context a broad range of relevant case studies that reflect the book’s approach to global cinema, from Italian "white telephone" films to Mexican wrestling films innovative and flexible exercises to help readers enhance their understanding of the histories, theories, and examples introduced in each chapter an extensive Interlude introducing readers to formal analysis through the careful explication and application of key terms a detailed discussion of strategies for writing about cinema Films Studies: A Global Introduction will appeal to students studying film today and aspiring to work in the industry, as well as those eager to understand the world of images and screens in which we all live.

Inventing Film Studies

Author: Lee Grieveson
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822388677
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Inventing Film Studies offers original and provocative insights into the institutional and intellectual foundations of cinema studies. Many scholars have linked the origins of the discipline to late-1960s developments in the academy such as structuralist theory and student protest. Yet this collection reveals the broader material and institutional forces—both inside and outside of the university—that have long shaped the field. Beginning with the first investigations of cinema in the early twentieth century, this volume provides detailed examinations of the varied social, political, and intellectual milieus in which knowledge of cinema has been generated. The contributors explain how multiple instantiations of film study have had a tremendous influence on the methodologies, curricula, modes of publication, and professional organizations that now constitute the university-based discipline. Extending the historical insights into the present, contributors also consider the directions film study might take in changing technological and cultural environments. Inventing Film Studies shows how the study of cinema has developed in relation to a constellation of institutions, technologies, practices, individuals, films, books, government agencies, pedagogies, and theories. Contributors illuminate the connections between early cinema and the social sciences, between film programs and nation-building efforts, and between universities and U.S. avant-garde filmmakers. They analyze the evolution of film studies in relation to the Museum of Modern Art, the American Film Council movement of the 1940s and 1950s, the British Film Institute, influential journals, cinephilia, and technological innovations past and present. Taken together, the essays in this collection reveal the rich history and contemporary vitality of film studies. Contributors: Charles R. Acland, Mark Lynn Anderson, Mark Betz, Zoë Druick, Lee Grieveson, Stephen Groening, Haden Guest, Amelie Hastie, Lynne Joyrich, Laura Mulvey, Dana Polan, D. N. Rodowick, Philip Rosen, Alison Trope, Haidee Wasson, Patricia White, Sharon Willis, Peter Wollen, Michael Zryd

The Epic Film in World Culture

Author: Robert Burgoyne
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135855358
Format: PDF, ePub
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With the recent release of spectacular blockbuster films from Gladiator to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the epic has once again become a major form in contemporary cinema. This new volume in the AFI Film Readers series explores the rebirth of the epic film genre in the contemporary period, a period marked by heightened and conflicting appeals to national, ethnic, and religious belonging.The orginal essays in this volume explore the tension between the evolving global context of film production and reception and the particular provenance of the epic as an expression of national mythology and aspirations, challenging our understanding of epics produced in the present as well as our perception of epic films from the past. The contributors will explore new critical approaches to contemporary as well as older epic films, drawing on ideas from cultural studies, historiography, classics, and film studies.