Personal Views: Explorations in Film [NOOK Book]

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Robin Wood, the renowned scholarly critic and writer on film, has prepared a new introduction and added three essays to his classic text Personal Views. This important book contains essays on a wide range of films and filmmakers and considers questions of the nature of film criticism and the critic. Wood, the proud "unreconstructed humanist," offers in this collection persuasive arguments for the importance of art, creativity, and personal ...
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Overview

Robin Wood, the renowned scholarly critic and writer on film, has prepared a new introduction and added three essays to his classic text Personal Views. This important book contains essays on a wide range of films and filmmakers and considers questions of the nature of film criticism and the critic. Wood, the proud "unreconstructed humanist," offers in this collection persuasive arguments for the importance of art, creativity, and personal response and also demonstrates these values in his analyses.

Personal Views is the only book on cinema by Wood never to have been published in the United States.
It contains essays on popular Hollywood directors such as Howard Hawks, Vincente Minnelli, and Leo McCarey; as well as pieces on recognized auteurs like Max Ophuls, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Josef von Sternberg; and essays on art-film icons Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Kenji Mizoguchi. The writings that make up Personal Views appeared duing a pivotal time in both film studies-during its academic institutionalization-and in the author's life. Throughout this period of change, Wood remained a stalwart anchor of the critical discipline, using theory without being used by it and always staying attentive to textual detail.

Wood's overall critical project is to combine aesthetics and ideology in understanding films for the ultimate goal of enriching our lives individually and together. This is a major work to be read and reread not just by film scholars and students of film but by anyone with an interest in twentieth-century culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814340066
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 440
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Wood is a founding editor of CineAction! and the author of numerous works, including Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan (Columbia, 1985) and Sexual Politics and Narrative Film: Hollywood and Beyond (Columbia, 1998). He is professor emeritus at York University, Toronto, and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Cinema Studies.
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Table of Contents

1 Big game : confessions of an unreconstructed humanist 17
2 In defence of art : on current tendencies in film criticism 43
3 Levin and the jam : realism and ideology 99
4 The play of light and shade : the scarlet empress 119
5 Ewig hin der Liebe Gluck : letter from an unknown woman 143
6 Welles, Shakespeare and Webster : touch of evil 167
7 Images of childhood 189
8 Reflections on the auteur theory 213
9 Hawks de-Wollenized 233
10 The shadow worlds of Jacques Tourneur : Cat people and I walked with a zombie 253
11 The ghost princess and the seaweed gatherer : Ugetsu Monogatari and Sansho Dayu 273
12 Notes for a reading of I walked with a zombie 303
13 Creativity and evaluation : two film noirs of the fifties 339
14 Reponsibilities of a gay film critic 387
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