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Major Film Theories: An Introduction

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Both a history of film theory and an introduction to the work of the most important writers in the field, Andrew's volume reveals the bases of thought of such major theorists as Munsterberg, Arnheim, Eisenstein, Balazs, Kracauer, Bazin, Mitry, and Metz.
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Published April 15th 1976 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1975)
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Jul 05, 2012 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provides brief, elucidating summaries of most of the major film theorists from Munsterberg through the early '70s (Metz, et al). Particularly helpful is that the book does a good job of taking the stances of the theorists and placing them besides the ideas of the others so you can see where everyone stood (mostly in terms of realism vs. formalism, but there is only so much that can be covered in such a brief look). Clearly this doesn't cover everything or everyone, but for what it is, it's a hel ...more
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Aug 04, 2016 Niloo Beygi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: سینما
بهترین کتاب ممکن البته که من هنوز "فیلم به عنوان فیلم" و "تئوری های اساسی سینما" رو نخوندم اما با نگاه اجمالی ای که بهشون داشتم به نظر میاد که با این کتاب تفاوت دارن. این تئوری های اساسی فیلم به نظریه های سینمایی تا دوران معاصر می پردازه. نظریه ها، مشخصه ها و بنیان گذارهاشون. اگه فیلم هایی که به عنوان مثال آورده می شه رو دیده باشین لذت وافری می برین از این تحلیل پلان به پلان یا سکانس به سکانس. سرفصل های کتاب به نحوی انتخاب شدن که بشه به راحتی فهمیدشون و قدم به قدم با نگارنده پیش رفت؛ با نظریه ها ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this theorist-by-theorist review of film history. It’s not so much about the theories as the theorists, and breaks them into two rough camps: the formalists and the realists. I found myself daydreaming a lot about how different ideas about the meaning of art reflected on the craft of writing and my own writing in particular.

I’d give an extra half-star for inspiring story ideas.
Fernanda Ottoni
Dec 08, 2014 Fernanda Ottoni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente fonte para compreensão de algumas das mais importantes teorias do cinema. O autor não apenas descreve as principais linhas de pensamento de teóricos fundamentais, como também complementa a informação com análises próprias e comparativos entre as visões destes teóricos. Inquestionavelmente substancial para quem busca se aprofundar na compreensão do cinema.
Jason Coffman
Feb 08, 2010 Jason Coffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great, surprisingly accessible introduction to film theory. I'm sure this is a standard for film schoolers, but for the most part it doesn't really read like a textbook. Andrew breaks down major theories into sensible, manageable components and conveys their content intelligently.
Hari Shankar
Sep 08, 2011 Hari Shankar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
from munsterberg to Agel ..this book has all the film theories .. Dudley andrews book is like atteinding a lecture. Great read. Changes one's view of cinema completely forever.
Sep 05, 2015 Amin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
یک کتاب فوق العاده برای آشنایی و فهم اولیه و اساس در مورد نظریه های سینما
کتاب بسیار کامل هستش و خود من چیزهای بسیار زیادی ازش یاد گرفتم
ضمن اینکه یکی از منابع مهم کنکور ارشد سینماست
Jun 01, 2011 John added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
A useful, if somewhat dry, overview.
Jun 23, 2007 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Part of the cannon if you want to be a film buff.
Ali Sait Tanrıverdi
Jan 19, 2017 Ali Sait Tanrıverdi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinema
It is a good source for master’s degree and phd students. Andrew tells formalist, realist and contemporary French film theories with their creators. And he shows world perspective of the creators. You can understand that their perspectives how their theories affect. Also, the book has a negative thing: Narration could be better. I didn’t find it very well.
Nima Kohandani
Dec 28, 2014 Nima Kohandani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب خوب و مفیدی بود. تقریبا نظریه های اصلی و نظریه پردازا رو معرفی و بررسی کرده بود. هرچند احساس میکردم بعضی جاهاش یکم فهمیدنش سخته که مشکل احتمالا از ترجمه بوده. مثلا کشته مرده فارسی سازی فید این و فیداوتش شدم رسما! :-d
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