Film and Theory An Anthology

ISBN-10: 0631206264
ISBN-13: 9780631206262
Edition: 2000
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List price: $81.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 880
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.684
Language: English

This anthology offers a collection of some of the most provocative and influential writings of film theory from the 1960s and 1970s, along with new directions from the last two decades. An introductory essay to the volume sums up developments in film theory from the beginning up through the 1980s, while introductions to specific groupings of essays summarize debates on those issues. Rather than look at film theory in terms of schools and allegiances, the editors investigate questions and problematics: What is the cinema? What is the cinematic apparatus? How do spectators differ in their desires? What is realism? Is realism desirable? Thus psychoanalysis, reception theory, cognitive theory, race theory, and feminism all provide partially valid answers to the question: What does the spectator want? This anthology's goal is to facilitate a polylogue among the theorists who have ignored or maligned one another and to deprovincialize film theory. Film Theory multiplies the perspectives and positions, the situations and locations, from which film theory is spoken.

Toby Miller is a British-Australian-US interdisciplinary social scientist. He is the author and editor of over 30 books, has published essays in more than 100 journals and edited collections, and is a frequent guest commentator on television and radio programs. His teaching and research cover the media, sports, labor, gender, race, citizenship, politics, and cultural policy, as well as the success of Hollywood overseas and the adverse effects of electronic waste. Miller's work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, German, Turkish, Spanish and Portuguese. He has been Media Scholar in Residence at Sarai, the Centrefor the Study of Developing Societies in India, Becker Lecturer at the University of Iowa, a Queensland Smart Returns Fellow in Australia, Honorary Professor at the Center for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, CanWest Visiting Fellow at the Alberta Global Forum in Canada, and an International Research collaborator at the Centre for Cultural Research in Australia.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Author
Introduction
Dennis Potter and the Question of the Television Author
To Desire Differently: Feminism and the French Cinema (extract)
The Unauthorized Auteur Today
Film Language
Introduction
The Specificity of Media in the Arts
For a Semio-Pragmatics of Film
The Scene of the Screen: Envisioning Cinematic and Electronic 'Presence'
The Image and Technology
Introduction
Necessities and Constraints: A Pattern of Technological Change
Projections of Sound on Image
Modes of Production: The TV Apparatus
Text and Intertext
Introduction
Questions of Genre
A Semantic/Syntactic Approach to Film Genre
The 'Force-Field' of Melodrama
Film Bodies: Gender, Genre and Excess
The Question of Realism
Introduction
The Cinema of Attraction: Early Film, Its Spectator and the Avant-Garde
Classical Hollywood Cinema: Narrational Principles and Procedures
Black American Cinema: The New Realism
Alternative Aesthetics
Introduction
Towards a Third Cinema: Notes and Experiences for the Development of Cinema of Liberation in the Third World
For an Imperfect Cinema
Towards a Critical Theory of Third World Films
Rethinking Women's Cinema: Aesthetics and Feminist Theory
The Historical Spectator/Audience
Introduction
Cowboys and Indians: Perceptions of Western Films Among American Indians and Anglos
Television News and its Spectator
Addressing the Spectator of a 'Third World' National Cinema: The Bombay 'Social' Film of the 1940's and 1950's
Apparatus Theory
Introduction
The Imaginary Signifier
The Orthopsychic Subject: Film Theory and the Reception of Lacan
Feminism, Film Theory, and the Bachelor Machines
The Nature of the Gaze
Introduction
Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
Film and the Masquerade: Theorizing the Female Spectator
The Oppositional Gaze
Looking Awry
Class and the Culture Industries
Introduction
Constituents of a Theory of the Media
Ideology, Economy and the British Cinema
Mass Culture and the Feminine: The 'Place' of Television in Film Studies
Stars and Performance
Introduction
Introduction to Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society
Marlon Brando in 'On the Waterfront'
Roseanne: Unruly Woman as Domestic Goddess
The She-Man: Postmodern Bi-Sexed Performance in Film and Video
Permutations of Difference
Introduction
Gender and Culture of Empire: Towards a Feminist Ethnography of the Cinema
Categories of Stereotyping of American Indians in Film
Cultural Identity and Cinematic Representation
White Privilege and Looking Relations
White
The Postmodern and the Global
Introduction
Television

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