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Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings 6th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195158175
ISBN-10: 0195158172
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(on previous editions) "Essential reading for the serious film student."--Jerry Allen White, University of Oklahoma

"An excellent introductory survey text, offering key essays in film theory and criticism for the beginning student. . . . A superb text in every respect; well annotated and authoritative."--Wheeler Winston Dixon, University of Nebraska

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Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen are both at the University of Southern California.
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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 6th edition (March 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195158172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195158175
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a good source for any student of film studies to have laying around, as it'll save you the trouble of checking out 7+ books from the library to get just a few of the essays featured in here. All of them are important, influential pieces that are a must-read to have a foundation in the ongoing film theory debates. Not a beginner text, by any means, but certainly an excellent resource and a comprehensive starting point for theory essays.
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First of all, if you are purchasing this book here is a great probability that someone required you to read it. Just as a warning, THIS BOOK IS VERY HARD TO READ!!!

The translations is difficult and sometimes you are completely confused. However the content is amazing. If you take the time to watch the films being discussed and or the films by the authors the words come alive and there is depth and understanding of the medium that we all enjoy.

I was required to read this for a MFA English course and I would have never read it otherwise. Now I recommend the book and several of the articles on a regular basis.

One note, check with your professor to see if you must order the latest edition. The previous editions are sometimes adequate and significantly less cost.
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Although this not is a comprehensive volume of film theory, it's an invaluable resource for serious cinema students.

Very highly recommended both as a reference text and as dense but intriguing recreational literature.
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I had to order this book for a Philosophy and Film online class, which fulfills my upper level Philosophy requirement. It is a very extensive book that contains articles and excerpts from numerous prominent film critics and theorists. Many of the readings are very old (from the beginning of the film era) so they are a little dense to read, but they are very interesting and informative nonetheless.
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