An Introduction to Film Studies

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Jill Nelmes
Psychology Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 500 pages
An Introduction to Film Studies has established itself as the leading textbook for students of cinema. This revised and updated third edition guides students through the key issues and concepts in film studies, and introduces some of the world's key national cinemas including British, Indian, Soviet and French. Written by experienced teachers in the field and lavishly illustrated with over 122 film stills and production shots, it will be essential reading for any student of film.Features of the third edition include:*full coverage of all the key topics at undergraduate level*comprehensive and up-to-date information and new case studies on recent films such as Gladiator , Spiderman , The Blair Witch Project, Fight Club , Shrek and The Matrix*annotated key readings, further viewing, website resources, study questions, a comprehensive bibliography and indexes, and a glossary of key terms will help lecturers prepare tutorials and encourage students to undertake independent study.Individual chapters include:*Film form and narrative*Spectator, audience and response*Critical approaches to Hollywood cinema: authorship, genre and stars*Animation: forms and meaning*Gender and film*Lesbian and gay cinema*British cinema*Soviet montage Cinema*French New Wave*Indian Cinema
 

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Contents

Notes 46
3
Warner Brothers
11
a US blockbuster production Gladiator Ridley Scott 2000
26
Film audiences
33
building audiences on the web for The Blair Witch Project
39
contemporary UK Crash David Cronenberg 1996
45
APPROACHES TO STUDYING FILM TEXTS
51
The reading of film
59
Feminist film theory and practice
249
Sally Potter filmmaker
258
Gender theory and theories of masculinity
264
Fatherhood and the family
270
Notes
276
Audiences
282
Some films with gaylesbian themes
291
Go Fish Rose Troche 1994
298

Narrative
78
Alternative narratives
84
Further viewing
91
What we can learn from Early Cinema
97
The passive spectator
105
pleasure and evaluation Pulp Fiction
116
Mixing approaches
124
corporate authorship lndustrial Light and Magic lLM 148
129
lntroduction
130
The problems of auteur theory
137
Genre and Hollywood cinema
151
Rethinking genre as metaphor
162
Stars and Hollywood cinema
169
Jodie Foster
178
GENRE FORMS REALISM AND ILLUSION
185
Some developments in nonfiction film
191
Leni Riefenstahl
197
From radical documentary to docusoap and dilemma
203
Ken Burns
209
Early animation
215
animation as a selfreflexive language Girls Night
221
adult animation Ghost in the Shell Mamoru Oshii 1995
228
Conclusion
236
lntroduction
242
Happy Together Wong Kar Wai 1997
304
Key texts
314
aspects of British
321
Continental drift
331
Community and nation
340
lntermedial raids and exchanges
346
West End Girls wonderland 1999 and Bridget joness
352
Resource centres
359
Writing on lndian cinema
366
Love story
372
The womans film
378
Lagaan Tax Ashutosh Gowrikar 2001
385
The Soviet montage cinema of the 1920s
389
Other features of Soviet montage cinema
397
Vsevolod Pudovkin The Mother 1926 The End
409
Esfir Shub The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty 1927
415
Further reading
421
A bout de souffle Breathless JeanLuc Godard 1960
428
La Jetee The Pier Chris Marker 1962
434
JeanLuc Godard
442
Conclusion
448
Bibliography
469
lndex
483
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