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Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings Paperback – 1 Jul 1998

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  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc; 5th Revised edition edition (1 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195105982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195105988
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 3.8 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" An inspired source for any student looking for film theory information. The book provides a deep analysis to all major areas of film theory including semiotics, psychoanalysis aesthetics as a part of film theory. A must." -- Luis Teixeira, Univeridade Catolica Portuguesa - Fine Arts School

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Adamson on 28 Mar. 2003
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This book sets out to anthologise a number of seminal essays reflective of key developments in film theory and criticism over the last century. Covered are key issues in film construction and aesthetics, the relationship of film to reality, technological and philosophical debates on the (re)production of image and sound, narrative techniques and development, genre, auteurism, feminist film theory, issues of spectatorship and the relationship of film studies to other disciplines such as psychology and philosophy.
This is squarely aimed at an academic market and as such functions wonderfully as an undergraduate level textbook. However, due to the scope of subjects covered and the range of writers included, I find it hard to believe that this could not be just as appealing to a casual reader, provided they are familiar with the terminology used so frequently within the humanities.
Despite its price, it has already more than paid for itself. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 1999
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All you need to know about Film Theory and something of its History. As more of an academic text designed in particular for those studying film criticism, some people may be a little put off. However, I would recommend this to anyone interested in 20th century History, Philosophy, Politics or tendencies in film and Film and Art, illustrated by classic films such as the Cabinet of Dr Caligari - this has made me realise just how important and interesting a medium Film can be for those interested (like myself) in philosophy and political theory, as well as taking you to some classic films.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
a must for film studies students 27 Mar. 2000
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This is a must-have reader for film studies. Most of the TAs and professors at my school dip into this reader to create their classpacks and exam reading lists. The reader, a selection of key essays or excerpts, will introduce you to the language of film studies -- the major theorists from Bazin, Eisenstein, Burch, to Mulvey, Gunning and Dyer etc.; the differing methods of film studies from genre, psychoanalytic, reception, and Frankfurt studies. These are some of the key essays that have shaped film studies criticism over the last century. The book is pricey but well worth it, especially if you don't have the dough to stock up on the original texts. Some of the readings are difficult precisely because they are theory and meant for an academic or professional audience. Take your time, reread selections and savor some of the ideas that still shape how we see and make movies today.
Essential 25 Jan. 2011
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From early Marxist theory to current trends in film scholarship, this text is a must. Anyone who wants to know anything about film theory should buy this book. It is well laid out, has clear and concise concepts, and was one of the cornerstones in my education about film.
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Worth the effort 6 Feb. 2006
By Malcom Madden - Published on
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Despite some jargon that it difficult to penetrate, finallys this book is an intelligent and original approach to film theory; his views on Eisenstein are fresh and valid, and he roams through film history with a confidence that elevates the book. Too bad that Braudy employs so much arcane language, as if written for academics rather than fans. Still, it's worth the effort to extract the fine parts.
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Reads More Like A Rocket Manual 19 Jan. 2000
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This is a very difficult text to get through. Although it brings up a lot of interesting theorems, the language used makes this inaccessible to most readers.
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