Concepts in film theory

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Oxford University Press, Mar 15, 1984 - Art - 239 pages
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A remarkable continuation of Dudley Andrew's classic, The Major Film Theories, this work focuses on the key concepts in film study: perception, representation, signification, narrative structure, adaptation, evaluation, identification, figuration, and interpretation. Beginning with a lucidintroductory chapter on the current state of film theory, Andrew goes on to build an overall view of film, presenting his own ideas on each concept, and giving a sense of the interdependence of these concepts. By providing lively explanations of theories that involve perceptual psychology andstructuralism, semiotics and psychoanalysis, hermeneutics and genre study, Andrew offers unique observations on these often obscure topics, allowing readers to acquire the background they need to enrich their understanding of film--and of art.

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Dudley Andrew is the founder of the Institute for Cinema and Culture at the University of Iowa. He is the author of "Major Film Theories "(1976) and "Mists of Regret: Culture and Sensibility in Classic French Film" (1995). Carole Cavanaugh is Associate Professor of Japanese at Middlebury College. She has published widely on Japanese literature and film.