The Complete History of American Film Criticism by Jerry Roberts

By Jerry Roberts

From the 1st released motion picture assessment in the past due 1800s to the 21st-century period of the “great motion picture critics’ wake,” this chronicle reports the character, scope, and controversies in American movie feedback. relocating during the Silent period, the pre- and post-war years, the golden age of the Nineteen Seventies, and the eventual decline of the Nineteen Eighties and Nineties, this exhaustive evaluation comprises biographical info on one of the most influential movie critics—including Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert, Pauline Kael, and James Agee—as good as a historic checklist and important review in their paintings. Illuminating quite a few prior controversies, this worthy reference records the battles among auteur theorists and their opposing critics in addition to among the critics and studios, filmmakers, or even themselves. Little-known elements of movie feedback lore also are similar, comparable to the epic battles waged in print via Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris, the studio boycotts of the hot York instances and manhattan bring in Tribune over unflattering press, and the critics barred from attending premieres through studios for writing "negative" studies. Honoring those that make clear the inventive visions and storytelling sensibilities that experience graced the massive display, this authoritative advisor is a must have for pros, movie historians, and picture buffs.

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Film Genre Reader IV by Barry Keith Grant

By Barry Keith Grant

From reports of the 3rd edition:

"Film style Reader III lives as much as the excessive expectancies set by means of its predecessors, offering an available and comparatively entire examine style stories. The anthology's attention of the benefits and demanding situations of style reviews, in addition to its inclusion of assorted movie genres and methodological techniques, offers a pedagogically worthy overview."

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Since 1986, Film style Reader has been the normal reference and lecture room textual content for the research of style in movie, with greater than 25,000 copies offered. Barry Keith provide has back revised and up-to-date the ebook to mirror the latest advancements in style learn. This fourth version provides new essays on style definition and cycles, motion video clips, technological know-how fiction, and background movies, in addition to a accomplished and up-to-date bibliography. the quantity contains greater than thirty essays by way of a few of film's such a lot distinctive critics and students of well known cinema, together with Charles Ramírez Berg, John G. Cawelti, Celestino Deleyto, David Desser, Thomas Elsaesser, Steve Neale, Thomas Schatz, Paul Schrader, Vivian Sobchack, Janet Staiger, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.

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George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of by Alex Ben Block

By Alex Ben Block

A accomplished examine three hundred of the main financially and/or significantly profitable movies of all time—many made regardless of doubtless insurmountable monetary, cultural, and political challenges—set opposed to the existing construction, distribution, exhibition, advertising, and expertise tendencies of every decade in motion picture company heritage.

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La Grande Illusion: French Film Guide (Cine-Files: the by Martin O'Shaughnessy

By Martin O'Shaughnessy

Directed by means of the nice Jean Renoir, l. a. Grande phantasm (1937) is the best of all anti-war motion pictures and a cinematic masterwork. different movies oppose struggle through exhibiting its horror. Renoir’s movie holds the horror at arm’s size to provide us a clearer view of it. A prisoner-of-war drama, with remarkable performances from top stars of its interval, together with Erich von Stroheim and Jean Gabin, the movie combines well known attraction with a proper brilliance that permits a posh exam of the way sessions, countries and genders engage. during this accomplished and readable significant other to the movie, Martin O’Shaughnessy underlines its sharp intelligence. He exhibits how, now not content material to sign up the realm because it is, the movie performs off competing historic percentages opposed to one another, dealing with the general public with their accountability to form the longer term. finding the movie within the context of Renoir’s occupation, O’Shaughnessy discusses its use of stars, creation heritage, set layout and reception. He compares identified drafts of the movie with a formerly undiscovered tale define, casting vital new gentle on its genesis. Stressing the way it spoke to its occasions, he additionally demonstrates the way it speaks to us now.

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The Transatlantic Gaze: Italian Cinema, American Film by Mary Ann McDonald Carolan

By Mary Ann McDonald Carolan

Tracks the impression of Italian cinema on American movie from the postwar interval to the present.

In The Transatlantic Gaze, Mary Ann McDonald Carolan files the sustained and profound inventive impression of Italian administrators, actors, and screenwriters on American movie. operating throughout various genres, together with neorealism, comedy, the Western, and the artwork movie, Carolan explores how and why American administrators from Woody Allen to Quentin Tarantino have tailored definite Italian trademark recommendations and motifs. Allen’s To Rome with Love (2012), for instance, is an homage to the genius of Italian filmmakers, and to Federico Fellini specifically, whose Lo sceicco bianco/The White Sheik (1952) additionally resonates with Allen’s The red Rose of Cairo (1985) in addition to with Neil LaBute’s Nurse Betty (2000). Tarantino’s Kill Bill saga (2003, 2004) performs off parts of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western C’era una volta il West/Once Upon a Time within the West (1968), a transatlantic dialog in regards to the Western that maintains in Tarantino’s Oscar-winning Django Unchained (2012). Lee Daniels’s Precious (2009) and Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna (2008), in the meantime, show that the neorealism of Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica, which arose from the political and fiscal exigencies of postwar Italy, is an efficient motor vehicle for critiquing social concerns comparable to poverty and racism in a latest American context. The booklet concludes with an exam of yankee remakes of well known Italian motion pictures, a comparability that gives perception into the similarities and modifications among the 2 cultures and the ameliorations in style, either sophisticated and visible, that underlie this kind of cross-cultural exchange.

“…insightful … In designated readings and comparisons, and thank you partly to the well-chosen quotations that she meticulously analyzes, Carolan is masterful in acknowledging the large influence that the Italian filmmakers have had on their American counterparts.” — CHOICE

“…Carolan has written an astutely targeted textual content on a universally stated topic, yet person who is never lined nowadays, even in academia … this ebook is an first-class reference for students and will offer motion picture buffs or Italophiles with a wealth of movie trivia.” — San Francisco publication Review

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Religion and Film: An Introduction by Melanie J. Wright

By Melanie J. Wright

Stories of faith and picture have lengthy been ruled through the query of a film's constancy to a spiritual textual content or worldview, or its worth as a device in ministry and project. faith and movie seeks to redress this stability, and may have robust attract scholars in addition to common readers attracted to all features of the inter-relationship of faith and the cinema. Drawing on cultural experiences techniques, and targeting such motion pictures as los angeles ardour de Jeanne D'Arc , Lagaan , My Son the enthusiast , The Wicker guy and the fervour of the Chris t, Melanie Wright seems at assorted display representations of faith; at motion pictures formed by means of powerful convictions in regards to the position of faith in society; and on the roles that individuals play as shoppers of movie.

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Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion: A Psychoanalytic by Steve Nolan

By Steve Nolan

Of their research of faith and movie, spiritual movie analysts have tended to privilege faith. Uniquely, this examine treats the 2 disciplines as actual equals, by way of concerning either liturgy and picture as representational media. Steve Nolan argues that, in every one case, topics establish with a represented 'other' which joins them right into a narrative the place they develop into contributors in an ideological 'reality'. discovering many present methods to non secular movie research missing, movie, Lacan and the topic of faith explores the movie thought different writers forget about, relatively that blend of psychoanalysis, Marxism and semiotics -- usually termed monitor concept -- that makes an attempt to appreciate how cinematic illustration shapes spectator identification. utilizing translations and remark on Lacan no longer initially on hand to monitor theorists, Nolan returns to Lacan's contribution to psychoanalytic movie idea and provides a sustained software to non secular perform, interpreting a number of 'priest movies' and real-life case examine to reveal the way in which liturgical illustration shapes non secular identification. movie, Lacan and the topic of faith proposes an interpretive approach wherein spiritual movie analysts can boost the type of research that engages with and reviews either cultural and spiritual perform.

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Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Film by Rebecca Prime

By Rebecca Prime

Rebecca best records the untold tale of the yank administrators, screenwriters, and actors who exiled themselves to Europe as a result of Hollywood blacklist. in the course of the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, those Hollywood émigrés directed, wrote, or starred in virtually 100 eu productions, their contributions starting from crime movie masterpieces like Du rififi chez les hommes (1955, Jules Dassin, director) to foreign blockbusters like The Bridge at the River Kwai (1957, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, screenwriters) and acclaimed paintings movies like The Servant (1963, Joseph Losey, director).

At as soon as a full of life portrait of a lesser-known American “lost new release” and an exam of an incredible transitional second in ecu cinema, the ebook bargains a compelling argument for the importance of the blacklisted émigrés to our figuring out of postwar American and eu cinema and chilly struggle kinfolk. best offers designated money owed of the creation and reception in their eu movies that make clear the ambivalence with which Hollywood was once appeared inside postwar ecu tradition. Drawing upon large archival study, together with formerly labeled fabric, Hollywood Exiles in Europe indicates the necessity to reconsider our realizing of the Hollywood blacklist as a in simple terms family phenomenon. by means of laying off new mild on eu cinema’s altering courting with Hollywood, the publication illuminates the postwar shift from nationwide to transnational cinema.

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