First published in 1985, The Cinema Book was hailed as a landmark film studies text, presenting in accessible form two decades of intellectual activity on the subject. The second edition (1999) consolidated The Cinema Book's international reputation as the leading guide to film studies. This new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and updated to include brand new chapters together with original essays and case studies written by leading scholars from around the globe. It provides comprehensive coverage of seven major areas: Hollywood Cinema and Beyond; Stars; Technologies; World Cinemas; Genre; Authorship; and Developments in Theory. New topics include Global Hollywood; Contemporary Women Directors; Queer Theory; and Postmodernism. All sections are supported by in-depth analyses of films from the earliest days to the present.
In this richly detailed study, James Naremore focuses on the work of film acting, showing what players contribute to movies. Ranging from the earliest short subjects of Charles Chaplin to the contemporary features of Robert DeNiro, he develops a useful means of analyzing performance in the age of mechanical reproduction; at the same time, he reveals the ideological implications behind various approaches to acting, and suggests ways that behavior on the screen can be linked to the presentation of self in society. Naremore's discussion of such figures as Lillian Gish, Marlene Dietrich, James Cagney, and Cary Grant will interest the specialist and the general reader alike, helping to establish standards and methods for future writing about performers and their craft.
Psychiatry and the Cinema explores this complementary relationship from two angles, psychiatrists who have studied the movies and movies that have depicted psychiatry. This second edition has updated this definitive text with a discussion of new trends in psychoanalytically oriented film theory, and an expanded list of movies is analyzed.
This book gives Carpenter's output the sustained critical treatment it deserves. It contains essays by an international group of scholars that address the whole of Carpenter's work, as well as others which focus on a smaller number of key films. Some essays take on wide-ranging issues such as Carpenter's approach to remakes and the question of genre, while others are organized around a specific theme or technical aspect of Carpenter's filmmaking. The book also features an exclusive interview with John Carpenter.
Postmodernism concepts have been discussed in philosophy, political thought, and the arts, yet it still has an amorphous nature. This anthology offers discussions of a number of key issues in relation to postmodernism in cinema.
The editors of Ethics at the Cinema invited a diverse group of moral philosophers and philosophers of film to engage with ethical issues raised within, or within the process of viewing, a single film of each contributor's choice. The result is a unique collection of considerable breadth. Discussions focus on both classic and modern films, and topics range from problems of traditional concern to philosophers (e.g. virtue, justice, and ideals) to problems of traditional concern to filmmakers (e.g. sexuality, social belonging, and cultural identity).
An in-depth look at some of the best and most influential French films of all time, The Cinema of France contains 24 essays, each on an individual film. The book features works from the silent period and poetic realism, through the stylistic developments of the New Wave, and up to more contemporary challenging films, from directors such as Abel Gance, Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda and Luc Besson. Set in chronological order, The Cinema of France provides an illuminating history of this essential national cinema and includes in-depth studies of films such as Un Chien Andalou (1929), Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953), Le Samouraï (1967), Shoah (1985), Jean de Florette (1986), Les Visiteurs (1993) and La Haine (1995).
Film is the world's most popular artistic medium. What began as a novelty at country fairs rapidly became the consummate art form of the twentieth century, spanning both popular culture and high art. The Film Book enables you to identify different cinematic genres, appreciate the style of celebrated directors, see how a film is made, and understand why the greatest movies deserve their reputation. The book is unique in encompassing each of these key aspects and, as such, outspans the many other guides and film companions on the market. The guide is split into seven distinct sections, each of which deals with a particular aspect of film. The first of these chapters is a detailed history of the art form over the last 120 years, charting its evolution from a musical event accompanied by pictures, through its numerous developments and innovations-talking pictures; color film; video and DVD; online films; computer-generated special effects; and the modern 3D experience. The second shows how these techniques are applied in practice, taking the reader behind the camera to explore the film-making process and find out who's who on set, offering a useful insight into how movies are brought to life. Sections 3 to 6 look at the films themselves. Providing an overview of cinematic styles and genres, the third section covers everything from westerns, musicals, and sci-fi to arthouse cinema, the avant-garde, and the cult movie, whilst the fourth compares and contrasts the major styles of international cinema, with key schools, movements, directors, and films. The fifth section profiles 100 of the film industry's greatest and most influential directors, listing their key works and assessing their cinematic legacy, whilst the sixth section discusses 100 key cinematic works which invented, extended, or reinvented the art form. The closing section of the book is an interesting, and often provocative, range of lists compiled by a variety of film associations, publications, and institutions. Comprehensive, authoritative, and written with passion and verve, The Film Book is a unique treasure-trove of a guide that will appeal to anyone who loves movies. Table of Contents Prelims (5pp) Introduction (4pp) The story of film (56pp) 1896-1919: The Birth of Cinema 1920-1929: Silence is Golden 1930-1939: The Cinema Comes of Age 1940-1949: The Cinema Goes to War 1950-1959: The Cinema Fights Back 1970-1979: Independence Days 1980-1989: The International Years 1990-: Celluloid to Digital How movies are made (20pp) Pre-production Production Post-production World cinema (52pp) Africa The Middle East Iran Eastern Europe (including Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic) The Balkans (including Yugoslavia, Bugaria, Romania, Greece, and Turkey) Russian The Nordic countries (including Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark) Germany France Italy United Kingdom Spain Portugal Canada Central America South America (including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Chile) Australian and New Zealand China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Japan Korea India Movie genres (52pp) Action-adventure Animation Avant-garde Biopic Comedy Costume drama Cult Disaster Documentary Epic Film Noir Gangster Horror Martial Arts Melodrama Musicals Propaganda Science Fiction and Fantasy Serials Series Teen Thrillers War Westerns 100 Key directors (92pp) Woody Allen Pedro Almodo ́var Robert Altman Michelangelo Antonioni Ingmar Bergman Bernado Bertolucci Tod Browning Luis Bun~uel Tim Burton Jane Campion Frank Capra Marcel Carne ́ Charlie Chaplin Chen Kaige Joel and Ethan Coen Francis Ford Coppola David Cronenburg George Cukor Michael Curtiz Cecil B. DeMille Jonathan Demme Brian De Palma Vittorio De Sica Stanley Donen Carl Drayer Clint Eastwood Blake Edwards Sergei Eisenstein Rainer Werner Fassbinder Federico Fellini Victor Fleming John Ford Milos Forman Abel Gance Jean-Luc Godard D.W. Griffith Howard Hawks Werner Herzog Alfred Hitchcock Hou Hsiao-Hsien John Huston Peter Jackson Elia Kazan Buster Keaton Krzysztof Kieslowski Fritz Lang David Lean Ang Lee Spike Lee Sergio Leone Ernst Lubitsch George Lucas Sidney Lumet David Lynch Alexander Mackendrick Joseph L. Mankiewicz Sam Mendes Lewis Milestone Vincente Minnelli F.W. Murnau Max Ophu ̈ls Yasujiro Ozu Georg Wilhelm Pabst Pier Paolo Pasolini Sam Peckinpah Roman Polanski Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger Nicholas Ray Satyajit Ray Carol Reed Jean Renoir Eric Rohmer Roberto Rossellini John Schlesinger Martin Scorsese Ridley Scott Stephen Spielberg Josef von Sternberg Oliver Stone Erich von Stroheim Quentin Tarantino Andrei Tarkovsky Jacques Tati Franc ̧ois Truffaut Dziga Vertov Luchino Visconti Andrzej Wajda Raoul Walsh Peter Weir Orson Welles William Wellman Wim Wenders Billy Wilder Robert Wise John Woo William Wyler Franco Zeffirelli Zhang Yimou 100 Key Movies (52pp) Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, 1915) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1919) Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror (F.W. Murnau, 1921) Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, 1922) The Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925) Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1926) Napole ́on (Abel Gance, 1927) An Andalucian Dog (Un Chien Andalou) (Luis Bun~uel, 1928) The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer, 1928) All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone, 1930) The Blue Angel (Joseph von Sternberg, 1930) City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931) 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon, 1933) Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933) King Kong (Merian Cooper/Ernest Schoedsack, 1933) L'Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Walt Disney, 1937) Olympia (Leni Riefenstahl, 1938) The Rules of the Game (La Re`gle du Jeu) (Jean Renoir, 1939) Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939) The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940) His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940) The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940) Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941) The Little Foxes (William Wyler, 1941) To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942) In Which We Serve (Noe ̈l Coward, 1942) Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Ossessione (Luchino Visconti, 1942) Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) (Marcel Carne ́, 1945) A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1946) It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Bicycle Thieves (Ladri Di Biciclette) (Vittorio de Sica, 1948) Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophu ̈ls, 1948) Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949) The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949) Orpheus (Orphe ́e) (Jean Cocteau, 1950) Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950) Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen, 1952) Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953) On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954) All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955) Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955) Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955) The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955) The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957) Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda, 1958) The 400 Blows (Franc ̧ois Truffaut, 1959) Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) Breathless (A Bout de Souffle) (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960) La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1960) Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz, 1960) L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960) Last Year in Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961) Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962) Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964) The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1965) The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965) Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966) The Chelsea Girls (Andy Warhol, 1966) Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967) The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969) Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969) The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1969) The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) Aguirre, Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972) Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975) In the Realm of the Senses (Ai No Corrida) (Nagisa Oshima, 1976) Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976) Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
Twenty years ago, noted film scholars Tom Gunning and André Gaudreault introduced the phrase “cinema of attractions” to describe the essential qualities of films made in the medium’s earliest days, those produced between 1895 and 1906. Now, The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded critically examines the term and its subsequent wide-ranging use in film studies. The collection opens with a history of the term, tracing the collaboration between Gaudreault and Gunning, the genesis of the term in their attempts to explain the spectacular effects of motion that lay at the heart of early cinema, and the pair’s debts to Sergei Eisenstein and others. This reconstruction is followed by a look at applications of the term to more recent film productions, from the works of the Wachowski brothers to virtual reality and video games. With essays by an impressive collection of international film scholars—and featuring contributions by Gunning and Gaudreault as well—The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded will be necessary reading for all scholars of early film and its continuing influence.