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"An excellent work of film criticism, and as such, demands response and debate....Kolker's analyses of each director's work...are stimulating, provocative, insightful and passionate, models of film analysis."--San Francisco Review of Books

"Brings the films into clearer focus for film-goers. The filmmakers themselves will find Kolker's analysis of their works extremely accurate."--Martin Scorsese

"The best book on contemporary American film ."--The Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Robert Kolker is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Maryland and Adjunct Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous works on film and media, including The Altering Eye; Film, Form, and Culture; and Media Studies: An Introductory Textbook.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199730024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199730025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.4 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hallaj on August 28, 2013
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When I started reading about cinematic criticism Kolker's book (the first edition from the 70S) was among the most informative. At the time I worked for an Arabic Literary journal and I was assigned the translation of the Bonnie and Clyde section. I was fascinated by the profound philosophical and psychological depth of the writer when interpreting picture and action that otherwise seemed unremarkable for the regular viewer. I discovered through the writer's journey in modern American cinema the complexity of the cinematic language and the extensive symbolism conveyed in masterful works like the Godfather I and II and 2001 A Space Odyssey. This great book would be a remarkable source for any person interested in serious movie making, especially for the fans of Kubrick, Coppola and Scorsese.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By imran rehmani on June 15, 2013
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the spielberg chapter is best, its not just about spielberg, but the entire era of commercial film. he talks about the invulnerable elasticity of rambos body. goodfellas came on tv during thanksgiving while i finished reading the scorsese chapter. that was cool. violence in goodfellas is exuberant, but the violence in casino is redemptive, you feel it, its what you have to see as penance for loving goodfellas. Kubrick. i saw all kubricks movies when he died, when i was a teen, so ill never understand them. in this ed, he deleted the chapter on coppola. which i would have liked to read. im sure i can find it somewhere.

he should have written more on stone. and i hate altman. mash is the most misogynistic film ive ever seen. its a great book.
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