Studying Comtemporary American Films: A Guide to Movie Analysis / Edition 1

Studying Comtemporary American Films: A Guide to Movie Analysis / Edition 1

by Thomas Elsaesser, Warren Buckland
     
 

This text presents the most appropriate theories and methods for analyzing contemporary America cinema. Using an innovative approach to writing about individual movies, each of the main chapters examines the assumptions behind one traditional theory of film (e.g. auteurism, narratology, psychoanalysis), distills a method of analysis from it, and then analyzes a

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This text presents the most appropriate theories and methods for analyzing contemporary America cinema. Using an innovative approach to writing about individual movies, each of the main chapters examines the assumptions behind one traditional theory of film (e.g. auteurism, narratology, psychoanalysis), distills a method of analysis from it, and then analyzes a contemporary American movie. The text then goes beyond traditional theory by analyzing the same movie using a more current theory and method (e.g. new media theory, deconstruction, cognitivism).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340762066
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Arnold Publications Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Film theory, methods, analysis1
2Classical/post-classical narrative (Die Hard)26
3Mise-en-scene criticism and statistical style analysis (The English Patient)80
4From thematic criticism to deconstructive analysis (Chinatown)117
5S/Z, the 'readerly' film, and video game logic (The Fifth Element)146
6Cognitive theories of narration (Lost Highway)168
7Realism in the photographic and digital image (Jurussic Park and The Lost World)195
8Oedipal narratives and the post-Oedipal (Back to the Future)220
9Feminism, Foucault, and Deleuze (The Silence of the Lambs)249
Conclusion284
References294
Index303

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