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Engaging Cinema

Engaging Cinema
An Introduction to Film Studies

by Bill Nichols

  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 2010-01-28
  • Pages : 545
  • ISBN : 0393934918
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In what ways do films influence and interact with society? What social forces determine the kinds of movies that get made? How do movies reinforce—and sometimes overturn—social norms? As societies evolve, do the films that were once considered ‘great’ slip into obscurity? Which ones? Why? These questions, and many others like them, represent the mainstream of scholarly film studies today. In Engaging Cinema, Bill Nichols offers the first book for introductory film students that tackles these topics head-on. Published in a handy 'trade paperback' format, Engaging Cinema is inexpensive and utterly unique in the field—a perfect complement to or replacement for standard film texts.

Engaging Film Criticism

Engaging Film Criticism
Film History and Contemporary American Cinema

by Walter Metz

  • Publisher : Peter Lang
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN : 9780820474038
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Engaging Film Criticism examines recent American cinema in relationship to its «imaginative intertexts», films from earlier decades that engage similar political and cultural themes. This historical encounter provides an unexpected and exciting way of reading popular contemporary films. Eclectic pairings include the Schwarzenegger action film True Lies with the Hitchcock classic North by Northwest, as well as the lampooned Will Smith comedy Wild, Wild West with Buster Keaton's silent feature The General. Using a theoretically and historically informed brand of criticism, Engaging Film Criticism suggests that today's Hollywood cinema is every bit as worthy of study as the classics.

Engaging Film

Engaging Film
Geographies of Mobility and Identity

by Tim Cresswell,Deborah Dixon

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN : 9780742508859
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Engaging Film is a creative, interdisciplinary volume that explores the engagements among film, space, and identity and features a section on the use of films in the classroom as a critical pedagogical tool. Focusing on anti-essentialist themes in films and film production, this book examines how social and spatial identities are produced (or dissolved) in films and how mobility is used to create different experiences of time and space. From popular movies such as "Pulp Fiction," "Bulworth," "Terminator 2," and "The Crying Game" to home movies and avant-garde films, the analyses and teaching methods in this collection will engage students and researchers in film and media studies, cultural geography, social theory, and cultural studies.

Engaging Dialogue

Engaging Dialogue
Cinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema

by Jennifer O'Meara

  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release : 2018-01-09
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1474420648
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Examines the politics of female ship in relation to contemporary documentary practices

A Critical History of German Film

A Critical History of German Film

by Stephen Brockmann

  • Publisher : Camden House
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 522
  • ISBN : 1571134689
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A historical survey of German films as works of art from the beginnings to the present, suitable for classroom use.

Comic Book Film Style

Comic Book Film Style
Cinema at 24 Panels per Second

by Dru Jeffries

  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release : 2017-09-05
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN : 1477314504
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Superhero films and comic book adaptations dominate contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, and it is not just the storylines of these blockbuster spectacles that have been influenced by comics. The comic book medium itself has profoundly influenced how movies look and sound today, as well as how viewers approach them as texts. Comic Book Film Style explores how the unique conventions and formal structure of comic books have had a profound impact on film aesthetics, so that the different representational abilities of comics and film are put on simultaneous display in a cinematic work. With close readings of films including Batman: The Movie, American Splendor, Superman, Hulk, Spider-Man 2, V for Vendetta, 300, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Watchmen, The Losers, and Creepshow, Dru Jeffries offers a new and more cogent definition of the comic book film as a stylistic approach rather than a genre, repositioning the study of comic book films from adaptation and genre studies to formal/stylistic analysis. He discusses how comic book films appropriate comics' drawn imagery, vandalize the fourth wall with the use of graphic text, dissect the film frame into discrete panels, and treat time as a flexible construct rather than a fixed flow, among other things. This cinematic remediation of comic books' formal structure and unique visual conventions, Jeffries asserts, fundamentally challenges the classical continuity paradigm and its contemporary variants, placing the comic book film at the forefront of stylistic experimentation in post-classical Hollywood.

Beyond the Screen

Beyond the Screen
Emerging Cinema and Engaging Audiences

by Sarah Atkinson

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2014-04-17
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN : 1623568234
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Runner-up for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Best Book Prize 2015 Beyond the Screen presents an expanded conceptualization of cinema which encompasses the myriad ways film can be experienced in a digitally networked society where the auditorium is now just one location amongst many in which audiences can encounter and engage with films. The book includes considerations of mobile, web, social media and live cinema through numerous examples and case studies of recent and near-future developments. Through analyses of narrative, text, process, apparatus and audience this book traces the metamorphosis of an emerging cinema and maps the new spaces of spectatorship which are currently challenging what it means to be cinematic in a digitally networked era.

Engaging Characters

Engaging Characters
Fiction, Emotion, and the Cinema

by Murray Smith

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 265
  • ISBN : 9780198183471
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Thrillers, tear jerkers, horror movies, melodramas--like so many movie terms, these genre designations immediately evoke characteristic kinds of emotional response. Yet emotion is a subject that film and literary theory have traditionally dealt with in only the most impressionistic and tangential fashion. Engaging Characters presents a precise discussion of the varieties of emotional response to films, integrating them into a larger theory of our engagement (or "identification") with characters in both cinematic and literary fictions. Films and filmmakers discussed include The Accused; Hitchcock (including detailed analyses of The Man Who Knew Too Much [1956] and Saboteur); Godard; Ruiz; Buñuel's That Obscure Object of Desire; Dovzhenko's Arsenal and Preminger's Daisy Kenyon; Bresson's L'Argent; Eisenstein's Strike; and Melville's Le Doulos.

Interpretation and Film Studies

Interpretation and Film Studies
Movie Made Meanings

by Phillip Novak

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2020-09-01
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN : 3030447391
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book argues that the sustained interpretation of individual movies has, contrary to conventional wisdom, never been a major preoccupation of film studies—that, indeed, the field is marked by a dearth of effective, engaging, and enlightening critical analyses of single films. The book makes this case by surveying what has been written about four historically important and well-known movies (D. W. Griffith’s Way Down East, Marcel Carné’s Port of Shadows, Mike Nichols’s The Graduate, and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert), none of which has been the focus of sustained critical attention, and by exhaustively examining the kinds of work published in four influential film journals (Cinema Journal, Screen, Wide Angle, and Movie). The book goes on to argue for the value of the work of interpretation, illustrating this value through extended analyses of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Christopher Nolan’s Memento, both of which thematize interpretation. Novak demonstrates the causes and consequences of reading poorly and the importance of reading well.

Cinema Genre

Cinema Genre

by Raphaëlle Moine

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2009-01-26
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1444301276
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Genre – or 'type' – is a core concept in both film production and the history of film. Genres play a key role in how moviegoers perceive and rate films, and is likely to determine a film's production values and costs. Written in a clear, engaging, jargon-free style, this volume offers a cutting-edge theoretical overview of the topic of genre as practiced in British, American and French film criticism. Organized by a series of simple but fundamental questions, the book uses numerous examples from classic Hollywood cinema (the western, drama, musical comedy, and film noir) as well as some more contemporary examples from European or Asian cinema that are so often neglected by other studies in the field. How do we characterize genre and what are its various functions? In what ways does genre give a film its identity? How do genres emerge? What is the cultural significance of genre and how does it circulate within and across national boundaries? Informative and user-friendly, Moine’s book is accessible to general readers and adapts easily to a wide range of teaching approaches.

Cinematic Faith

Cinematic Faith
A Christian Perspective on Movies and Meaning

by William D. Romanowski

  • Publisher : Baker Academic
  • Release : 2019-05-21
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1493418203
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This engaging book explores how Christians can most profitably and critically hear, read, and view popular culture through the lens of film. William Romanowski highlights the benefits of a faith-informed approach to cinema that centers on art and perspective and shows how Christian faith contributes to the moviegoing experience, leading to a deeper understanding of movies and life. The book draws examples from classic and contemporary American movies and includes illustrative film stills. Additional resources for professors and students are available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies
Film Stars and Society

by Department of Film Studies Richard Dyer,Richard Dyer

  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN : 0415310261
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Richard Dyer's classic study of movie stars and stardom has been updated, with a new introduction by the author discussing the rise of celebrity culture and developments in the study of stars since publication of the first edition in 1986. Dyer's illuminating study is based around case studies of three major stars: Marilyn Monroe, Paul Robeson and Judy Garland. He draws on a wide range of sources, including the films in which each star appeared, to illustrate how each star's persona was constructed, and goes on to examine each within the context of particular issues in fan culture and stardom. Students of film and cultural studies will find this an invaluable part of there course reading.

Hanan Al-Cinema

Hanan Al-Cinema
Affections for the Moving Image

by Laura U. Marks

  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release : 2015-09-18
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0262029308
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An examination of experimental cinema and media art from the Arabic-speaking world that explores filmmakers' creative and philosophical inventiveness in trying times. In this book, Laura Marks examines one of the world's most impressive, and affecting, bodies of independent and experimental cinema from the last twenty-five years: film and video works from the Arabic-speaking world. Some of these works' creative strategies are shared by filmmakers around the world; others arise from the particular economic, social, political, and historical circumstances of Arab countries, whose urgency, Marks argues, seems to demand experiment and invention. Grounded in a study of infrastructures for independent and experimental media art in the Arab world and a broad knowledge of hundreds of films and videos, Hanan al-Cinema approaches these works thematically. Topics include the nomadism of the highway, nostalgia for '70s radicalism, a romance with the archive, algorithmic and glitch media, haptic and networked space, and cinema of the body. Marks develops an aesthetic of enfolding and unfolding to elucidate the different ways that cinema can make events perceptible, seek connections among them, and unfold in the bodies and thoughts of audiences. The phrase Hanan al-cinema expresses the way movies sympathize with the world and the way audiences feel affection for, and are affected by, them. Marks's clear and expressive writing conveys these affections in works by such internationally recognized artists and filmmakers as Akram Zaatari, Elia Suleiman, Hassan Khan, Mounir Fatmi, and Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, and others who should be better known.

Sculpting Cinema

Sculpting Cinema

by Solomon Nagler,Melanie Wilmink

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2017-08
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9780968211571
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Experience Economy

The Experience Economy

by B. Joseph Pine,James H. Gilmore

  • Publisher : Harvard Business Press
  • Release : 2011
  • Pages : 359
  • ISBN : 1422161978
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Rev. ed. of: The experience economy: work is theatre & every business a stage. 1999.

Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance

Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance

by Elena del Rio

  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release : 2012-05-31
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 0748689427
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The first study of the interface between Deleuzian theory and film performance.

Cinema and Modernism

Cinema and Modernism

by David Trotter

  • Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release : 2007-03-26
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN : 9781405159821
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This study revolutionises our understanding of both literary modernism and early cinema. Trotter draws on the most recent scholarship in English and film studies to demonstrate how central cinema as a recording medium was to Joyce, Eliot and Woolf, and how modernist were the concerns of Chaplin and Griffith. This book rewrites the cultural history of the early twentieth century, showing how film technology and modernist aesthetics combined to explore the limits of the human. Offers major re-interpretations of key Modernist works, including Ulysses, The Waste Land, and To the Lighthouse Explores film and film-going in works by Henry James, Frank Norris, Rudyard Kipling, Katherine Mansfield, and Elizabeth Bowen Offers original analyses of crucial phases in the careers of two of the most celebrated film-makers of the silent era, D.W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin

Reel Spirituality

Reel Spirituality
Theology and Film in Dialogue

by Robert K. Johnston

  • Publisher : Baker Academic
  • Release : 2006-12-01
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN : 0801031877
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Guides the serious Christian moviegoer into theological conversation with the movies. This second edition cites an additional 200 movies and includes new film photos.

Film Studies

Film Studies
A Global Introduction

by Glyn Davis,Kay Dickinson,Lisa Patti,Amy Villarejo

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-02-20
  • Pages : 530
  • ISBN : 131762338X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Film Studies: A Global Introduction reroutes film studies from its Euro-American focus and canon in order to introduce students to a medium that has always been global but has become differently and insistently so in the digital age. Glyn Davis, Kay Dickinson, Lisa Patti and Amy Villarejo’s approach encourages readers to think about film holistically by looking beyond the textual analysis of key films. In contrast, it engages with other vital areas, such as financing, labour, marketing, distribution, exhibition, preservation, and politics, reflecting contemporary aspects of cinema production and consumption worldwide. Key features of the book include: clear definitions of the key terms at the foundation of film studies coverage of the work of key thinkers, explained in their social and historical context a broad range of relevant case studies that reflect the book’s approach to global cinema, from Italian "white telephone" films to Mexican wrestling films innovative and flexible exercises to help readers enhance their understanding of the histories, theories, and examples introduced in each chapter an extensive Interlude introducing readers to formal analysis through the careful explication and application of key terms a detailed discussion of strategies for writing about cinema Films Studies: A Global Introduction will appeal to students studying film today and aspiring to work in the industry, as well as those eager to understand the world of images and screens in which we all live.

Short Guide to Writing about Film, Global Edition

Short Guide to Writing about Film, Global Edition

by Timothy Corrigan

  • Publisher : Pearson Higher Ed
  • Release : 2015-02-27
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 129207812X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For courses in Film Criticism, Film History, Writing for Film, or Film Appreciation. A succinct guide to thinking critically and writing precisely about film Both an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces students to major film theories as well as film terminology, enabling them to write more thoughtfully and critically. With numerous student and professional examples, this engaging and practical guide progresses from taking notes and writing first drafts to creating polished essays and comprehensive research projects. Moving from movie reviews to theoretical and critical essays, the text demonstrates how an analysis of a film can become more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process.