Inside the Gaze: The Fiction Film and Its Spectatorby Francesco Casetti
Pub. Date: 05/28/1999
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Inside the Gaze situates the relationship between spectator and film text within three metaphors: film signals the presence of its spectator, film assigns the spectator a specific place, and film guides its spectator along a path. Casetti illustrates his position with a careful analysis of a wide range of films such as Gone with the Wind, De Sanctis's Bitter Rice, Antonioni's Cronaca di un Amore, Bunuel's El, Welles's Citizen Kane and F for Fake, and Hitchcock's Stage Fright and Vertigo.
This volume stands at a key juncture in film studies, consolidating the gains of semiotic and textual analysis while pointing toward the social analysis of viewers and the uses they make of films. Inside the Gaze represents a major contribution to the second phase of cinema semiotics, coming after a decade of important continental work on psychoanalysis an the theory of ideology, and after much Anglo-American work in film history and reception studies.
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