Movies and Methods: An Anthology, Volume 1

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University of California Press, 1976 - Performing Arts - 640 pages
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Film teachers and students will welcome this new anthology, which makes available in one source a comprehensive selection of recent theoretical work on film, including many articles difficult to locate in the scattered literature. The contents are drawn almost entirely from the publications of the past fifteen years, and include work by the most original film thinkers—some well known to a wide public, some widely known among readers of film journals. Several important filmmakers are also represented.

The materials have been grouped in critical categories reflecting recent approaches to the medium. In place of older questions such as the relation of film to other arts, or film's ability to capture an imprint of reality, the questions emphasized in the anthology concern film's ideological operations, the nature of film genres, the role of the auteur in the creative process, the representation of social groups (such as women) in film, the logical of narrative and formal organizations in films, the treatment of films as myths, and new theoretical perspectives. Thus the contents reflect the use of political, structualist, semiological and psychoanalytic methods, as well as those of more traditional criticism. There is virtually no duplication of materials included in the Mast & Cohen anthology Film Theory and Criticism.

The editor has provided an overall general introduction, and mini-introductions to each text. A glossary of terms used in structuralist-semiological work is included, and lists of additional readings are provided.

Its scope and careful organization will make this volume a fundamental resource for film scholarship and teaching.
  

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Contents

CONTEXTUAL CRITICISM
5
POLITICAL CRITICISM
11
CinemaIdeologyCriticism JEANLOUIS COMOLLI AND JEAN NARBONI
22
Fascinating Fascism SUSAN SONTAG
31
Towards a Third Cinema FERNANDO SOLANAS AND OCTAVIO
44
Frank Capra and the Cinema of Populism JEFFREY RICHARDS
65
Serpico IRWIN SILBER
78
Vent dEst or Godard and Rocha at the Crossroads JAMES
91
BlowJob and Pornography STEPHEN KOCH
305
MISEENSCENE CRITICISM
311
Some Visual Motifs of Film Noir J A PLACE AND L s PETERSON
325
Disputed Passage FRED CAMPER
339
Shape and a Black Point GEOFFREY NOWELLSMITH
354
Illusion and Object REGINA CORNWELL
363
FILM THEORY
377
Two Types of Film Theory BRIAN HENDERSON
388

GENRE CRITICISM
107
Meep Meep RICHARD THOMPSON
126
Prospects of the Ethnographic Film DAVID MACDOUGALL
135
The Evolution of the Western ANDRE BAZIN
157
The Western ALAN LOVELL
164
Vivre Sa Vie SIEW HWA BEH
179
Bree Daniels in Klute DIANE GIDDIS
194
The Womans Film SIEW HWA BEH
201
Womens Cinema as CounterCinema CLAIRE JOHNSTON
208
A UTEUR CRITICISM
222
Towards a Theory of Film History ANDREW SARRIS
237
The Cinema of Nicholas Ray v F PERKINS
251
Six Films of Josef von Sternberg RAYMOND DURGNAT
262
Citizen Kane DAVID BORDWELL
273
Shock Corridor by Sam Fuller THOMAS ELSAESSER
290
To Have written and Have Not directed ROBIN WOOD
297
A Critical History of Early Film Theory v F PERKINS
401
Toward a NonBourgeois Camera Style BRIAN HENDERSON
422
The TutorCode of Classical Cinema DANIEL DAYAN
438
Against The System of the Suture WILLIAM ROTHMAN
451
Totems and Movies SAM ROHDIE
469
Some Points of Contact PETER WOLLEN
481
John Fords Young Mr Lincoln THE EDITORS CAHIERS DU CINEMA
493
The Auteur Theory PETER WOLLEN
529
The Cinema of Poetry PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
542
Structure and Meaning in the Cinema RONALD ABRAMSON
558
Jean Mitrys L Esthetique
568
From Logos to Lens YVES DE LAUROT
578
Articulations of the Cinematic Code UMBERTO ECO
590
Style Grammar and the Movies BILL NICHOLS
607
Glossary
629
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Bill Nichols holds the Fanny Knapp Allen Chair of Fine Arts and is Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester where he teaches in the Visual and Cultural Studies doctoral program. He is the author of "Blurred Boundaries (1994), "Representing Reality (1991), "Movies and Methods (California, 1976 and 1985), and "Ideology and the Image (1981).

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