A History of Narrative Film

A History of Narrative Film


  • Release: 2004
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 1120 page
  • ISBN: 0393978680
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Sophisticated in its analytical content, current and comprehensive in its coverage of all aspects of film and filmmaking, and informed throughout by fascinating historical and cultural contexts, A History of Narrative Film is widely acknowledged to be the definitive text in the field.

A History of Narrative Film

A History of Narrative Film


  • Release: 1996
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 1087 page
  • ISBN: 0393968197
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Adopted at over 325 colleges and universities in its Second Edition, David A. Cook's A History of Narrative Film has established itself as a leader in its field. Throughout, A History of Narrative Film integrates film history and aesthetics with an astute analysis of the technological, social, and economic context of world cinema. The Third Edition has been revised to include new and significant scholarship on early cinema and to feature the latest developments in contemporary film around the world.

A History of Narrative Film

A History of Narrative Film


  • Release: 2016-02-01
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 845 page
  • ISBN: 9780393920093
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Sophisticated in its analytical content, current in its coverage, and informed throughout by fascinating historical and cultural contexts, A History of Narrative Film is one of the most respected and widely read texts in film studies. This Fifth Edition features a new chapter on twenty-first century film, and includes refreshed coverage of contemporary digital production, distribution, and consumption of film. Now 20% shorter, with new four-color design and an updated art program, A History of Narrative Film is also the only film history text available as an ebook.

Closely Watched Films

Closely Watched Films


  • Release: 2014-11-24
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 312 page
  • ISBN: 9780520959019
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How do films work? How do they tell a story? How do they move us and make us think? Through detailed examinations of passages from classic films, Marilyn Fabe supplies the analytic tools and background in film history and theory to enable us to see more in every film we watch. Ranging from D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation to James Cameron’s Avatar, and ending with an epilogue on digital media, Closely Watched Films focuses on exemplary works of fourteen film directors whose careers together span the history of the narrative film. Lively and down-to-earth, this concise introduction provides a broad, complete, and yet specific picture of visual narrative techniques that will increase readers' excitement about and knowledge of the possibilities of the film medium. Shot-by-shot analyses of short passages from each film ground theory in concrete examples. Fabe includes original and well-informed discussions of Soviet montage, realism and expressionism in film form, classical and modern sound theory, the classic Hollywood film, Italian neorealism, the French New Wave, auteur theory, modernism and postmodernism in film, political cinema, feminist film theory and practice, and narrative experiments in new digital media. Encompassing the earliest silent films as well as those that exploit the most recent technological innovations, this book gives us the particulars of how film—arguably the most influential of contemporary forms of representation—constitutes our pleasure, influences our thoughts, and informs our daily reality. Updated to include a discussion of 3-D and advanced special effects, this tenth anniversary edition is an essential film studies text for students and professors alike.

A New History of Japanese Cinema

A New History of Japanese Cinema


  • Release: 2006-05-08
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 416 page
  • ISBN: 9781441161543
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In A New History of Japanese Cinema Isolde Standish focuses on the historical development of Japanese film. She details an industry and an art form shaped by the competing and merging forces of traditional culture and of economic and technological innovation. Adopting a thematic, exploratory approach, Standish links the concept of Japanese cinema as a system of communication with some of the central discourses of the twentieth century: modernism, nationalism, humanism, resistance, and gender. After an introduction outlining the earliest years of cinema in Japan, Standish demonstrates cinema's symbolic position in Japanese society in the 1930s - as both a metaphor and a motor of modernity. Moving into the late thirties and early forties, Standish analyses cinema's relationship with the state-focusing in particular on the war and occupation periods. The book's coverage of the post-occupation period looks at "romance" films in particular. Avant-garde directors came to the fore during the 1960s and early seventies, and their work is discussed in depth. The book concludes with an investigation of genre and gender in mainstream films of recent years. In grappling with Japanese film history and criticism, most western commentators have concentrated on offering interpretations of what have come to be considered "classic" films. A New History of Japanese Cinema takes a genuinely innovative approach to the subject, and should prove an essential resource for many years to come.

Emotion and the Structure of Narrative Film

Emotion and the Structure of Narrative Film


  • Release: 2013-10-16
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 312 page
  • ISBN: 9781136694974
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Introduced one hundred years ago, film has since become part of our lives. For the past century, however, the experience offered by fiction films has remained a mystery. Questions such as why adult viewers cry and shiver, and why they care at all about fictional characters -- while aware that they contemplate an entirely staged scene -- are still unresolved. In addition, it is unknown why spectators find some film experiences entertaining that have a clearly aversive nature outside the cinema. These and other questions make the psychological status of emotions allegedly induced by the fiction film highly problematic. Earlier attempts to answer these questions have been limited to a few genre studies. In recent years, film criticism and the theory of film structure have made use of psychoanalytic concepts which have proven insufficient in accounting for the diversity of film induced affect. In contrast, academic psychology -- during the century of its existence -- has made extensive study of emotional responses provoked by viewing fiction film, but has taken the role of film as a natural stimulus completely for granted. The present volume bridges the gap between critical theories of film on the one hand, and recent psychological theory and research of human emotion on the other, in an attempt to explain the emotions provoked by fiction film. This book integrates insights on the narrative structure of fiction film including its themes, plot structure, and characters with recent knowledge on the cognitive processing of natural events, and narrative and person information. It develops a theoretical framework for systematically describing emotion in the film viewer. The question whether or not film produces genuine emotion is answered by comparing affect in the viewer with emotion in the real world experienced by persons witnessing events that have personal significance to them. Current understanding of the psychology of emotions provides the basis for identifying critic

Lost Illusions

Lost Illusions


  • Release: 2002-03-15
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 695 page
  • ISBN: 0520232658
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Some of the films discussed in this book include: Five Easy Pieces Chinatown Carnal Knowledge Straw Dogs A Clockwork Orange Mean Streets The Conversation Nashville Shampoo Taxi Driver Apocalypse Now