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A glaring shining light on the flaws of feminism and it's inconsequential existence within film studies. Needs to be re-written.
on 21 March 2017
This is the exact kind of book any budding film fan should avoid. Possibly those studying film theory at university may well find sufficient information to further the echo chamber perpetuated by feminists in academia, however most other students of other fields will find the constant referral to feminist hyperbole both exhausting and futile in that there is no evidence for the claims other than other academic's work and while a certain level of credibility can be gained from this perspective, it should be realised that people don't want conjecture, they want evidence and this book provides little, if any, of that.
The political climate now in the mind that being lied to about feminism and it's purported "findings" will only make works like this look like some kind of propaganda from a deceiving state which had no hard evidence to back up it's claims.
I will maintain that the books still has uses although this only highlights the futility of film theory or film production courses as the evidence is plain for all to see that people no longer care what critics think and will pay to watch something no matter how much of a mauling critics give a piece of work. Many will know of the differentiation between film journalists and film academics and while I would argue that there was a large difference between the two professions, books like this only highlight just how deceiving and short-sighted academics are, just like journalists.
On a separate note, if you read this and have already started your film theory course then I would offer my condolences maybe advice swapping to a production course.
Film Production = Deals with facts, how light works, how to use sound, how to direct yourself
Film Theory = A flimsy set of unproven principles which have very little relevance at the time in which authors wrote about them and even less relevance in the subsequent years since their publication.