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Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings

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"Since publication of the first edition in 1974, Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen's Film Theory and Criticism has been the most widely used and cited anthology of critical writings about film. Now in its seventh edition, this landmark text continues to offer outstanding coverage of more than a century of thought and writing about the movies. Incorporating classic texts by pio ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 896 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1974)
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Roy Llh
Nov 18, 2015 Roy Llh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The bible.
Kenna
Apr 02, 2014 Kenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this for a film theory class and the essays are pretty unreadable. Very few are immediately understandable, some are just ridiculous (Mulvey's male gaze theories, for example, though they're probably widely accepted and referred to), and all use incredibly technical language and jargon where they could easily be using colloquial language. (For example: 'dyadic' is used instead of 'binary', 'dual', 'dichotomy', or other more commonly used words. I encountered 'antinomy' and honestly t ...more
Carrie
I'm so sick of Lacan...
Adam
May 30, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid intro text, very diverse and informative
Elliot Panek
Apr 09, 2007 Elliot Panek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice variety of essays, from many different time periods and different schools of thought. If you had to own 3 books about film, this would be one of them (Bordwell's book on narration and Stam's book on the history of Film Theory would be the others). Sure, there are "important" film theorists like Bazin that you should get to know, but its better to identify all the major theoretical approaches before getting into one author.
Emma Fentiman
Apr 12, 2009 Emma Fentiman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aaaaaaaah! Had to read this in my third year at uni. I suppose it contains all the significant writings on film from the last 100 years and writes IN DETAIL on all the changes and isms that film criticism has gone through. Doesn't mean that it's enjoyable.
Natasha
Jul 06, 2007 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite that fact I didn't really read much of it while actually taking the class, I do now. So interesting to see what film really does to us and what we do to film.
David
Jan 20, 2008 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
An excellent anthology of must-read material from preeminent theorists and critics. It's been my bible for the last six months.
Ke
To my knowledge, this book contains an extensive number of seminal articles on film criticism.
Brent
Mar 31, 2013 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brent by: Charles Eidsvick
Shelves: cinema
I took this class circa 1987-8, so it's not this edition we read, but, maybe the 3rd edition.
Sharone
Jun 22, 2010 Sharone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quals-reading
Minus one star for a bizarre and unacceptable number of typos.
Jenny
May 03, 2009 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
Whenever I feel stupid about film I crack this bad boy open.
Jessica
Jul 20, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic, anthology, film
Everything you need to know to begin your journey into film theory.
Don
Jun 13, 2012 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic variety of essays collected here.
Evan
Dec 27, 2007 Evan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good sampling of writing.
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“Every art always deals with human beings, it is a human manifestation and presents human beings. To paraphrase Marx: "The root of all art is man." When the film close-up strips the veil of our imperceptiveness and insensitivity from the hidden little things and shows us the face of objects, it still shows us man, for what makes objects expressive are the human expressions projected on to them. The objects only reflect our own selves, and this is what distinguished art from scientific knowledge (although even the latter is to a great extent subjectively determined). When we see the face image of things, we do what the ancients did in creating gods in man's image and breathing a human soul into them. The close-ups of the film are the creative instruments of this mighty visual anthropomorphism.” 0 likes
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