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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; 7 edition (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195365623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195365627
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 4.6 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An excellent introductory survey text, offering key essays in film theory and criticism for the beginning student. . . . A superb text in every respect; well annotated and authoritative. (Wheeler Winston Dixon, University of Nebraska)

Essential reading for the serious film student. (Jerry Allen White, University of Oklahoma)

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By P. Hazel on 2 May 2014
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A fantastic collection of resources: I would have thought this would be indispensable to anybody studying film at undergraduate level or above.
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Not used this book yet but the amount of information within it will allow me to complete my critical approaches part two essays and presentations. Brilliant book for any film student or enthusiast.
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By Anne on 20 Oct 2011
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A comprehensive work of information and reference, bought on academic recommendation. The product was delivered in good time and in good condition.
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Excellent 27 May 2013
By Lauren Burda - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent, excellent piece of discourse on film history. A true anthology. All you need to get an in-depth understanding. Was used as 445 class textbook.
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Exactly as Described 26 Oct 2013
By Diana V. Dellacava - Published on Amazon.com
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this book arrived fast, just as I needed it to for college. It is brand new and has all its pages without torn edges. The packaging was excellent.
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Very dense 2 April 2014
By Kenna Libes - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm reading this for a film theory class and the essays are absolutely ridiculous. Very few are immediately understandable, some are just ridiculous (Mulvey's male gaze theories, for example, though they're probably widely accepted and referred to), and all use incredibly technical language and jargon where they could easily be using colloquial language. (For example: 'dyadic' is used instead of 'binary', 'dual', 'dichotomy', or other more commonly used words. I encountered 'antinomy' and honestly thought that somebody had misspelled and misused 'antimony'. Words like 'diegetic' are good to know because they directly apply to film theory, but these? No. (In other news, 'antinomy' is so ridiculous that the spellcheck on this review thinks that it isn't a word. Great.)) I've read the essays on auteur theory several times and it still took two class sessions to understand what the heck the point was.

I mean, I'm pretty sure that most film theory is BS anyway, but this takes it to a whole new level.
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