Film Theory / Edition 2

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This book offers an accessible account of film theory for the student and the cinemagoer. It ranges from the late 1960s to the present, a period in which a number of conceptual strands—notably politics, semiotics and psychoanalysis—came together. Lapsely and Westlake chart the construction of this synthesis and its subsequent fragmentation and elucidate the various intellectual currents contributing to it. The first part of the book covers the conceptual background of film theory, dealing with historical materialism, semiotics, and psychoanalysis, while the second part concentrates on particular topics—authorship, narrative, realism, the avant-garde and postmodernism.

This second edition features an extensive retrospective introduction, as well as a fully updated and extended bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719073755
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 333
  • Sales rank: 1,358,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Lapsley teaches Film Studies in Manchester. Michael Westlake teaches Film Studies in Paris.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the first edition
• Foreword to the second edition
Part One: Politics
• Semiotics
• Psychoanalysis * Part Two: Authorship
• Narrative
• Realism
• The Avant-garde
• Afterword
• Film Theory: a retrospect
• Notes
• Select bibliography
• Index

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