Film Language: A Semiotics of the Cinema

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University of Chicago Press, 1991 - Performing Arts - 268 pages
A pioneer in the field, Christian Metz applies insights of structural linguistics to the language of film.

"The semiology of film . . . can be held to date from the publication in 1964 of the famous essay by Christian Metz, 'Le cinéma: langue ou langage?'"—Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Times Literary Supplement

"Modern film theory begins with Metz."—Constance Penley, coeditor of Camera Obscura

"Any consideration of semiology in relation to the particular field signifying practice of film passes inevitably through a reference to the work of Christian Metz. . . . The first book to be written in this field, [Film Language] is important not merely because of this primacy but also because of the issues it raises . . . issues that have become crucial to the contemporary argument."—Stephen Heath, Screen
 

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Contents

On the Impression of Reality in the Cinema
3
Notes Toward a Phenomenology of
16
Language or Language System?
31
Some Points in the Semiotics of the Cinema
92
Problems of Denotation in the Fiction Film
108
Syntagmatic Analysis of the Image Track
147
Syntagmatic Study of Jacques Roziers Film Adieu
177
The Modern Cinema and Narrativity
185
Mirror Construction in Fellinis 8V2
228
Toward the Decline
235
Notes
253
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