Engaging Characters: Fiction, Emotion, and the Cinema

Engaging Characters: Fiction, Emotion, and the Cinema

by Murray Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 019818347X

ISBN-13: 9780198183471

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Thrillers, tear jerkers, horror movies, melodramas—like so many movie terms, these genre designations immediately evoke characteristic kinds of emotional response. Yet emotion is a subject that film and literary theory have traditionally dealt with in only the most impressionistic and tangential fashion. Engaging Characters presents a precise discussion of the

Overview

Thrillers, tear jerkers, horror movies, melodramas—like so many movie terms, these genre designations immediately evoke characteristic kinds of emotional response. Yet emotion is a subject that film and literary theory have traditionally dealt with in only the most impressionistic and tangential fashion. Engaging Characters presents a precise discussion of the varieties of emotional response to films, integrating them into a larger theory of our engagement (or "identification") with characters in both cinematic and literary fictions. Films and filmmakers discussed include The Accused; Hitchcock (including detailed analyses of The Man Who Knew Too Much [1956] and Saboteur); Godard; Ruiz; Buñuel's That Obscure Object of Desire; Dovzhenko's Arsenal and Preminger's Daisy Kenyon; Bresson's L'Argent; Eisenstein's Strike; and Melville's Le Doulos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198183471
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.64(d)

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