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This pioneering and influential work of feminist theory has been extensively updated by the author to chart the changes in feminist film theory and practice between the eighties and the nineties. Readers, whether engaged in the making of films, the study of them, or simply the pleasure of viewing them, will appreciate the way in which the author discusses and demystifies the current methods of analysis, including semiotic and psychoanalytical approaches.

The films used as points of discussion are drawn from both mainstream and alternative cinema, institutions which are themselves examined in relation to their production, distribution and exhibition practices.

The thesis proposed by Annette Kuhn is an exciting one: namely, that feminism and cinema, taken together, could provide the basis for new forms of expression, providing the opportunity for a truly feminist alternative cinema in terms of film language, of reading that language and of representing the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Terry Lovell - Feminist Review
“This important book is an introduction to feminist interventions and debates around film … It will be a key text for anyone interested in feminist cultural politics, in feminism generally, and in film.”
Mary Desjardins - On Film
“A lucid examination of film theory and feminism ... Women’s Pictures should be an indispensable resource.”
From the Publisher
“This important book is an introduction to feminist interventions and debates around film ... It will be a key text for anyone interested in feminist cultural politics, in feminism generally, and in film.”—Terry Lovell, Feminist Review

“A lucid examination of film theory and feminism ... Women’s Pictures should be an indispensable resource.”—Mary Desjardins, On Film

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859840108
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 9/17/1994
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Annette Kuhn’s books include Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema; Cinema, Censorship and Sexuality; The Power of the Image: Essays on Representation and Sexuality; and Women’s Pictures: Feminism and Cinema. She is lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Glasgow University.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Passionate Detachment 3
Pt. II Dominant Cinema 19
2 The Pleasure Machine 21
3 Textual Gratification 42
Pt. III Rereading Dominant Cinema: Feminism and Film Theory 65
4 Making Visible the Invisible 67
5 Trouble in the Text 82
6 The Body in the Machine 106
Pt. IV Replacing Dominant Cinema: Feminism and Film Practice 125
7 Real Women 127
8 Textual Politics 151
9 The Production of Meaning and the Meaning of Production 172
Pt. V Postscript 191
10 Bent on Deconstruction 193
11 Three Case Studies 207
12 The Wild Zone 218
Appendix: Film Details 252
Notes 256
Glossary 258
Bibliography 262
Index 275
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