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Author Stam, Robert, 1941-

Title Film theory : an introduction / Robert Stam
Published Malden, Mass ; Oxford : Blackwell, 2000

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Description x, 381 pages ; 23 cm
Contents The antecedents of film theory -- Film and film theory : the beginnings -- Early silent film theory -- The essence of cinema -- The Soviet montage-theorists -- Russian formalism and the Bakhtin School -- The historical avant-gardes -- The debate after sound -- The Frankfurt School -- The phenomenology of realism -- The cult of the auteur -- The Americanization of auteur theory -- Third world film and theory -- The advent of structuralism -- The question of film language -- Cinematic specificity revisited -- Interrogating authorship and genre -- 1968 and the leftist turn -- The classic realist text -- The presence of Brecht -- The politics of reflexitivity -- The search for alternative aesthetics -- From linguistics to psychoanalysis -- From feminist intervention -- The postsructuralist mutation -- Textual analysis -- Interpretation and its discontents -- From text to intertext -- The amplification of sound -- The rise of cultural studies -- The birth of the spectator -- Cognitive and analytic theory -- Semiotics revisited -- Just in time : the impact of Deleuze -- The coming out of queer theory -- Multiculturalism, race, and representation -- Third cinema revisited -- Film and the postcolonial -- The poetics and politics of postmodernism -- The social valence of mass-culture -- Post-cinema : digital theory and the new media -- The pluralization of film theory
Summary "Film Theory: An Introduction offers a comprehensive history of film theory during the "century of cinema." The book moves all the way from silent-era theorists like Vachel Lindsay and Hugo Munsterberg through to the latest developments in film theory and cultural studies (cognitive theory, Deleuze, queer theory, postcolonial theory, digital theory), international in scope, the volume ranges over developments in such countries as France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Great Britain, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, trying always to stress the links between these developments. The book also contextualizes film theory within larger historical and philosophical currents."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Subject Motion pictures -- Philosophy.
LC no. 99025285
ISBN 0631206531 (alk. paper)
063120654X (paperback: alk. paper)