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Overview


Since publication of the first edition in 1974, Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen's Film Theory and Criticism has been the most widely used and cited anthology of critical writings about film. Now in its seventh edition, this landmark text continues to offer outstanding coverage of more than a century of thought and writing about the movies. Incorporating classic texts by pioneers in film theory--including Rudolf Arnheim, Siegfried Kracauer, and André Bazin--and cutting-edge essays by such contemporary scholars as David Bordwell, Tania Modleski, Thomas Schatz, and Richard Dyer, the book examines both historical and theoretical viewpoints on the subject.

Building upon the wide range of selections and the extensive historical coverage that marked previous editions, this new compilation stretches from the earliest attempts to define the cinema to the most recent efforts to place film in the contexts of psychology, sociology, and philosophy, and to explore issues of gender and race. Reorganized into eight sections--each comprising the major fields of critical controversy and analysis--this new edition features reformulated introductions and biographical headnotes that contextualize the readings, making the text more accessible than ever to students, film enthusiasts, and general readers alike. The seventh edition also integrates exciting new material on feminist theory, queer cinema, and global cinema, as well as a new section, "Digitization and Globalization," which engages important recent developments in technology and world cinema.

A wide-ranging critical and historical survey, Film Theory and Criticism remains the leading text for undergraduate courses in film theory. It is also ideal for graduate courses in film theory and criticism.

ABOUT THE EDITORS
Leo Braudy is University Professor and Bing Professor of English at the University of Southern California. Among other books, he is author of Native Informant: Essays on Film, Fiction, and Popular Culture (OUP, 1991), The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History (OUP, 1986), and most recently, From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity (2003).

Marshall Cohen is University Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California. He is coeditor, with Roger Copeland, of What Is Dance? Readings in Theory and Criticism (OUP, 1983) and founding editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs.

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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195365627
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/14/2009
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 274,818
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

both at the University of Southern California
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Table of Contents

PREFACE
I. FILM LANGUAGE
1. VSEVOLOD PUDOVKIN from Film Technique
[On Editing]
2. SERGEI EISENSTEIN from Film Form
Beyond the Shot [The Cinematographic Principle and the Ideogram]
The Dramaturgy of Film Form [The Dialectic Approach to Film Form]
3. ANDRÉ BAZIN from What is Cinema?
The Evolution of the Language of Cinema
4. BRIAN HENDERSON
Toward a Non-Bourgeois Camera Style
5. CHRISTIAN METZ from Film Language
Some Points in the Semiotics of Cinema
Problems of Denotation in the Fiction Film
6. GILBERT HARMAN
Semiotics and the Cinema: Metz and Wollen
7. STEPHEN PRINCE
The Discourse of Pictures: Iconicity and Film Studies
8. DANIEL DAYAN
The Tutor-Code of Classical Cinema
9. WILLIAM ROTHMAN
Against "The System of Suture"
10. NICK BROWNE
The Spectator-in-the-Text: The Rhetoric of Stagecoach
II. FILM AND REALITY
1. SIEGFRIED KRACAUER from Theory of Film
The Establishment of Physical Existence
2. ANDRÉ BAZIN from What is Cinema?
The Ontology of the Photographic Image
The Myth of Total Cinema
3. RUDOLF ARNHEIM from Film As Art
The Complete Film
4. JEAN-LOUIS BAUDRY
The Apparatus: Metapsychological Approaches to the Impression of Reality in Cinema
5. NOEL CARROLL from Mystifying Movies
Jean-Louis Baudry and "The Apparatus"
6. JONATHAN CRARY from Modernizing Vision
7. GILLES DELEUZE from Cinema
Preface to the English Edition
The Origin of the Crisis: Italian Neo-realism and the French New Wave
Beyond the Movement-Image
III. THE FILM MEDIUM: IMAGE AND SOUND
1. ERWIN PANOFSKY
Style and Medium in the Motion Pictures
2. SIEGFRIED KRACAUER from Theory of Film
The Establishment of Physical Existence
3. BÉLA BALÁSZ from Theory of the Film
The Close-up
The Face of Man
4. RUDOLF ARNHEIM from Film As Art
Film and Reality
The Making of a Film
5. NOEL CARROLL from Philosophical Problems of Classical Film Theory
The Specificity Thesis
6. GERALD MAST from Film/Cinema/Movie
Projection
7. STANLEY CAVELL from The World Viewed
Photograph and Screen
Audience, Actor, and Star
Types: Cycles as Genres
Ideas of Origin
8. SERGEI EISENSTEIN, VSEVELOD PUDOVKIN, and GRIGORI ALEXANDROV
Statement on Sound
9. MARY ANN DOANE
The Voice in the Cinema: The Articulation of Body and Space
10. JOHN BELTON
Technology and Aesthetics of Film Sound
IV. FILM NARRATIVE AND THE OTHER ARTS
1. ANDRÉ BAZIN from What is Cinema?
Theater and Cinema
2. LEO BRAUDY from The World in a Frame
Acting: Stage vs. Screen
3. SERGEI EISENSTEIN from Dickens, Griffith, and Ourselves
[Dickens, Griffith, Film Today]
4. DUDLEY ANDREW from Concepts in Film Theory Adaptation
5. BRIAN MCFARLANE from Novel to Film
6. TOM GUNNING
Narrative Discourse and the Narrator System
7. JERROLD LEVINSON
Film Music and Narrative Agency
8. PETER WOLLEN
Godard and Counter Cinema: Vent d'est
9. DAVID BORDWELL
Cognition and Comprehension: Viewing and Forgetting in Mildred Pierce
V. THE FILM ARTIST
1. ANDREW SARRIS
Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962
2. PETER WOLLEN from Signs and Meaning in the Cinema
The Auteur Theory [Howard Hawks and John Ford]
3. ROLAND BARTHES
The Face of Garbo
4. GILBERTO PEREZ from The Material Ghost
[On Keaton and Chaplin]
5. RICHARD DYER from Stars
6. JAMES NAREMORE from Acting in the Cinema
Katherine Hepburn in Holiday
7. MOLLY HASKELL from From Reverence to Rape
Woman Stars of the 1940s
8. RICHARD B. JEWELL
How Howard Hawks Brought Baby Up: An Apologia for the Studio System
9. THOMAS SCHATZ from The Genius of the System
Introduction: "The Whole Equation of Pictures"
VI. FILM GENRES
1. LEO BRAUDY from The World in a Frame
Genre: The Conventions of Connection
2. RICK ALTMAN
A Semantic/Syntactic Approach to Film Genre
3. THOMAS SCHATZ from Hollywood Genres
Film Genre and the Genre Film
4. ROBERT WARSHOW
The Gangster as Tragic Hero
5. PAUL SCHRADER
Notes on Film Noir
6. ROBIN WOOD
Ideology, Genre, Auteur
7. LINDA WILLIAMS
Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess
8. CYNTHIA A. FREELAND
Feminist Frameworks for Horror Films
9. TANIA MODLESKI
The Terror of Pleasure: The Contemporary Horror Film and Postmodern Theory
10. DAVID BORDWELL
The Art Cinema as a Mode of Film Practice
VII. FILM: SPECTATOR AND AUDIENCE
1. WALTER BENJAMIN
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
2. JEAN COMOLLI AND JEAN NARBONI
Cinema/Ideology/Criticism
3. CHRISTIAN METZ From The Imaginary Signifier
Identification, Mirror
The Passion for Perceiving
Fetishism, Disavowal
4. LAURA MULVEY
Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
5. TANIA MODLESKI from The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory
The Master's Dollhouse: Rear Window
6. TOM GUNNING
An Aesthetic of Astonishment: Early Film and the (In)credulous Spectator
7. ROBERT STAM and LOUISE SPENCE
Colonialism, Racism, and Representation: An Introduction
8. MANTHIA DIAWARA
Black Spectatorship: Problems of Identification and Resistance
VIII. FILM: DIGITIZATION AND GLOBALIZATION
1. LEV MANOVICH from The Language of New Media
2. ANNE FRIEDBERG
The End of Cinema: Multimedia and Technological Change
3. PHILIP ROSEN from Change Mummified
4. MICHAEL ALLEN
The Impact of Digital Technologies on Film Aesthetics
5. KRISTEN WHISSEL
Tales of Upward Mobility: The New Verticality and Digital Special Effects
6. STEPHEN CROFTS
Reconceptualizing National Cinemas
7. MITSUHIRO YOSHIMOTO
The Difficulty of Being Radical: The Discipline of Film Studies and the Postcolonial World Order
8. WIMAL DISSANAYAKE
Issues in World Cinema
INDEX

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