Film Cultures

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SAGE, Sep 20, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 182 pages
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'Film Cultures is thought-provoking and challenging. By opening film theory up to the many simultaneous networks of relation (that is, the cultures) of film, it asks both viewer and student to take film more seriously' - Communication Research Trends

`Film Cultures weaves together insights from cultural theory and film studies to provide a complex and absorbing theoretical account of contemporary film culture. Harbord writes with authority, imagination and wit and her delicate deployment of modernist and postmodernist cultural accounts makes rewarding reading' - Christine Geraghty, Professor of Film and Television, University of Glasgow

Film Cultures argues that our tastes for film connect us to social, spatial and temporal networks of exchange and meaning. Whether we view film in the multiplex, arthouse or the gallery, as cinema premiere, video hire or from a cable channel, whether we approach film as a singular object or a hypertext linked to ancillary products, our relationship to film is inhabiting a culture. Shifting the focus of film analysis from the text to paths of circulation, Film Cultures questions how film connects us to social status, and national and global affiliations.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1 Breaking with the aura? Film as object or experience
film cultures and sites of exhibition
media events and spaces of flow
Chapter 4 Marketing film and audiences
production on the national and global stage
Chapter 6 Aesthetic encounters
Chapter 7 Digitalization and its discontents
References
Index
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Janet Harbord is the author of "The Evolution of Film and Film Cultures." She is a Reader in Film and Screen Media at Goldsmiths College, London. Chris Marker (born in 1921) is one of French cinema's most influential artists.

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