- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2011 edition (September 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230217117
- ISBN-13: 978-0230217119
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book addresses a very real gap in existing introductory texts that define, explore, and apply key theoretical concepts within the field of film studies.' - Alison L. McKee, Assistant Professor, Department of Television-Radio-Film-Theatre, San Jose State University, USA
'This is the book that film students have long been waiting for: a clear, well-written and accessible introduction to film theory. Lucid theoretical exposition and case study film analysis offer readers the most intelligible summary of theory that I have yet encountered.' - Paul Sutton, Head of Media, Culture and Language, Roehampton University, UK
'I wish I'd had this book as an undergraduate!'
- Lauren Ford, Film graduate, University of Southampton, UK
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Big statement you say, surely he can't be serious you ask!? Well by darn I am, and I'll tell you why. Although many doubt it, the field of Film Theory is a vast, perplexing myriad of differing schools of thought. What this text does brilliantly is condense all of that complex history and condenses it down in a manner both concise, practical and easy to access. As a graduate of Film Study, my copy is dog eared, coffee stained and generally on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to over use.
To anyone reading this, especially if these words reach a film undergrad taking their first tentative steps into a larger world of film academia, this text is your bible, your lifeline and your friend. It is however, strongly aimed for undergrads (freshmen for you Americans out there) and thus, makes the assumption of some basic film theory. However if you are not at the hallowed halls of university (more likely beer stained halls) this text works great as an advanced resource to a A2-Level film studies student.
In conclusion, the usefulness of this text, be it applied to femenism, formalism, genre or gender cannot be overstated. It may not be the final resource for your essay, but it will often not be the first thing you reach for when begining your research. As a diving board into the miagma of academic study, it earns its price tag over and over again.