The 'I' of the Camera: Essays in Film Criticism, History, and Aesthetics / Edition 2

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Originally published in 1988, The "I" of the Camera has become a classic in the literature of film. Offering convincing alternatives to the doctrinaire approaches that have gained most prominence in academic film study, William Rothman challenges readers to think about film in adventurous ways that are more open to movies and our experience of them. In a series of eloquent essays examining particular films, filmmakers, genres, and movements, he reflects on such matters as film violence, eroticism, and the "American-ness" of American film. Rothman argues compellingly that movies have inherited the philosophical perspective of American transcendentalism. This second edition contains all of the essays that made the book a benchmark of film criticism. It also includes fourteen essays, written subsequent to the book's original publication, as well as a new foreword. The new chapters further broaden the scope of the volume, fleshing out its vision of film history and illuminating the author's critical method and the philosophical perspective that informs it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521527248
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Film Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Notes on the Essays
1 Hollywood Reconsidered: Reflections on the Classical American Cinema 1
2 D. W. Griffith and the Birth of the Movies 11
3 Judith of Bethulia 17
4 True Heart Griffith 29
5 The Ending of City Lights 44
6 The Goddess: Reflections on Melodrama East and West 55
7 Red Dust: The Erotic Screen Image 67
8 Virtue and Villainy in the Face of the Camera 74
9 Pathos and Transfiguration in the Face of the Camera: A Reading of Stella Dallas 87
10 Viewing the World in Black and White: Race and the Melodrama of the Unknown Woman 96
11 Howard Hawks and Bringing Up Baby 110
12 The Filmmaker in the Film: Octave and the Rules of Renoir's Game 122
13 Stagecoach and the Quest for Selfhood 139
14 To Have and Have Not Adapted a Film from a Novel 158
15 Hollywood and the Rise of Suburbia 167
16 Nobody's Perfect: Billy Wilder and the Postwar American Cinema 177
17 The River 206
18 Vertigo: The Unknown Woman in Hitchcock 221
19 North by Northwest: Hitchcock's Monument to the Hitchcock Film 241
20 The Villian in Hitchcock: "Does He Look Like a 'Wrong One' to You?" 254
21 Thoughts on Hitchcock's Authorship 263
22 Eternal Verites: Cinema-Verite and Classical Cinema 281
23 Visconti's Death in Venice 298
24 Alfred Guzzetti's Family Portrait Sittings 304
25 The Taste for Beauty: Eric Rohmer's Writings on Film 321
26 Tale of Winter: Philosophical Thought in the Films of Eric Rohmer 325
27 The "New Latin American Cinema" 340
28 Violence and Film 348
29 What is American about American Film Study? 358
Index 381
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