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Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film (Rutgers Depth of Field Series) Paperback – December 1, 1994
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This collection of essays explores what editor Williams calls "gaze theory," the study of the nature and identity of the hypothetical viewer whose presence is assumed, sometimes unconsciously, by filmmakers. Going beyond the widely accepted assertion that this postulated viewer is typically male, the writers here discuss aspects of this phenomenon in a variety of genres, from the earliest films to the present day and even in the prefilm days of live entertainments in Paris. Two essays focus specifically on the participatory nature of horror films. The level of discussion here will restrict readership to specialists or serious students in the field, and those unsympathetic to structuralist ideas will not be impressed. Still, larger academic film collections should consider this work, though those with strong existing collections may already own much of this material since several essays have been previously published.?David C. Tucker, DeKalb Cty. P.L., Decatur, Ga.
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