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Questions of Cinema (Theories of Representation and Difference) Paperback – 1 Jan 1981

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253159148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253159144
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,373,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephan Heath is a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback is...shock!...made up of a sequence of frames that replace each other over time. The idea here is that many accounts of cinema do not pay enough attention to the question of narration. When we think about whose point of view a shot is from - and I think everyone can agree that this is pretty important for working out what is going on in a film - it becomes clear that there is no single source of any particular look. Shot reverse shot, for example, shows a 'looker' from an external perspective, cuts to the object that is being looked at, with the 'looker' absent from the shot, and then cuts back to the 'looker' once more. Point of view in cinema is thus divided between shots, with a 'native' POV not wholly available in any. Taking this as a starting point, Heath works through a wonderfully complex, witty and far reaching analysis. It is challenging, certainly - but those of us who have spent a while in humanities programmes are up for a bit of that...
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