The Analysis Of Film / Edition 1

The Analysis Of Film / Edition 1

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by Raymond Bellour
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253213649

ISBN-13: 9780253213648

Pub. Date: 10/01/2001

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"No serious student of film should miss the great work collected in this volume."—W. A. Vincent, Choice

"When so much writing about film is based on overall impressions or shadowy memories, on notes scribbled in the dark or published shot breakdowns that are often overgeneralized or even inaccurate, it is refreshing to be confronted with such scholarly work,

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"No serious student of film should miss the great work collected in this volume."—W. A. Vincent, Choice

"When so much writing about film is based on overall impressions or shadowy memories, on notes scribbled in the dark or published shot breakdowns that are often overgeneralized or even inaccurate, it is refreshing to be confronted with such scholarly work, characterized by a genuinely attentive eye and a punctilious observation of detail. This long-awaited collection, gathering Bellour’s ground breaking studies into one volume, will surely be a crucial source of inspiration for future generations of film scholars." —Peter Wollen, Bookforum

The Analysis of Film brings together Raymonds Bellour's now classic studies of classic Hollywood film. It is at once a book about the methods of close film analysis, the narrative structure of Hollywood film, Hitchcock's work—The Birds, Marnie, Psycho, North by Northwest—and the role of the woman in western representation. But, finally, it is a book about cinema itself and the love for cinema that drives the passion for analyzing the supreme art form of the twentieth century.

Bellour creatively reworks the ideas and methods of structuralism, semiology, and psychoanalysis to unravel the knot of significations that is the filmic text. The introductory chapter sketches out a history of the way the close analysis of film developed. And then, beginning with a study of the Bodega Bay sequence of The Birds, the book goes on to examine every aspect of that singular critical practice, "the analysis of film."

The book is also a model of how to write about the intricacies of film narrative, shot by shot, sequence by sequence, while addressing larger contextual issues of subjectivity, desire, and identification in Western cultural forms. A new, final chapter on D. W. Griffith's The Lonedale Operator brilliantly demonstrates that the dynamics of repetition and alternation that Bellour discovered to be the heartbeat of Hollywood narrative film were already there in nascent form at the beginnings of cinema.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253213648
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,297,968
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface by Constance Penley

A Bit of History

1. The Unattainable Text
2. System of a Fragment (on The Birds)
3. The Obvious and the Code (on The Big Sleep)
4. Symbolic Blockage (on North by Northwest)
5. To Segment/To Analyze (on Gigi)
6. To Enunciate (on Marnie)
7. Psychosis, Neurosis, Perversion (on Psycho)
8. To Alternate/ to Narrate (on The Lonedale Operator)

Notes
Works by Raymond Bellour
Index

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The Analysis Of Film 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tiffin More than 1 year ago
My first read on the introduction proved most difficult, but on the second read much more helpful and helpful to understand its application to my Cinema Studies papers. I felt the authors discussion highly worded or difficult to understand, grasp, but this also I comprehended more on returning to the book. I look forward to its usefulness on my remaining papers.