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Film Style And Technology: History And Analysis

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The first and only history of motion picture style. The relation of film style to film technology. New methods for the formal analysis of films. A practical approach to film theory. The application of all this to the analysis and evaluation of the films of Max Ophuls. A complete rewrite of the first twenty-five years of film history.
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Published by Starword (first published November 1983)
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Evan

In many ways, this is the premier book on film; a staggering achievement.

Salt was a lone voice in the academic miasma. In fact, he pretty much puts all other film scholars to shame by putting under a harsh clear light the ahistorical laziness of dogmatic theoretical approaches. He has zero truck with film theory. As a theoretical physicist, he is only interested in a scientific and archeological evidence-based approach to arrive at the facts. Film theory is anacronistic, as it overlays upon film
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Mike
Mar 09, 2014 Mike rated it liked it
This is a really useful text for specific references to film technologies. Barry Salt's method straddles the OCD line and there is no way I could ever perform his extremely minute formal analysis. With that said, this is flawed text in a number of respects. Most obviously, Salt's absurd assertions regarding anything resembling critical theory cast doubt on his motives from the beginning (are we to seriously believe that Althusser and Lacan recanted their entire philosophies on their deathbed?). ...more
Greta
Apr 03, 2013 Greta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a great deal of guilty pleasure to be had in his initial chapters, where
he gleefully demolishes several schools of film theory. After that,
most of the book is a detailed description of cinematic techniques and
trends, decade by decade, with the object of establishing objective
criteria for evaluating films rather than the subjective judgement of a
single viewer. He finishes off by demonstrating his methods with the
films of Max Ophuls, in which he shows that it's impossible to evaluate
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