Explorations in Film Theory: Selected Essays from Ciné-tracts

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Indiana University Press, 1991 - Performing Arts - 289 pages
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Explorations in Film Theory is a selection of some of the most influential articles which originally appeared in CinA(c)-Tracts -- one of the journals which helped define contemporary film theory. The articles represent crucial ideas and theories in the areas of film and communications studies, feminist studies, and film history. They challenge the way theoreticians and filmmakers have not come to grips with sexual difference, and they raise questions about image and how images produce meaning. Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin, Dziga-Vertov, pornography, educational television, and the New German Cinema of the 1970s are some of the topics covered.
  

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Contents

Spectacle and Spectator
3
Misrecognition and Identity
15
The Turn of the Subject
26
Film Body
46
Images and Pornography
72
Primary Identification and the Historical Subject
86
SelfReflexivity in Documentary
103
The Crisis of the Documentary Film in Quebec
111
Questions of Property
180
The Fundamental Reproach
191
Semiotics Theory and Social Practice
201
Media Repression
221
Camera Movement and Cinematic Space
229
The Myth of Total Cinema History
237
Notes on Communication and Representation in
247
The Consolidation of the American Film Industry
255

Realism Naturalism and Their Alternatives
121
Paradoxes of Realism
155
Culture History and Ambivalence
168
Song of the Shirt
273
CONTRIBUTORS
287
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Ron BURNETT is President of Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in Vancouver, and Artist/Designer at the New Media Innovation Center. He is the author of "Cultures of Vision: Images, Media, and the Imaginary" and the editor of "Explorations in Film Theory.

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