Aesthetics of Film (Texas Film & Media Studies Series)

Aesthetics of Film (Texas Film & Media Studies Series)

By: Michel Marie (author), Alain Bergala (author), Jacques Aumont (author), Marc Vernet (author), Richard Neupert (translator), Richard Neupert (editor)Paperback

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Winner, A Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book A concise, lively, and readable summary of classical and contemporary film theory, Aesthetics of Film is the work of experts who are defining the parameters of film criticism internationally. First published in French (L'Esthetique du film) in 1983, the book provides an essential introduction to all major areas of film study, including semiotics, narratology, psychoanalysis as a part of film theory, and the theory of spectatorship. Because current film criticism is part of a historical debate about the role of cinema in society, the authors probe the contributions of significant film theorists of the past. They consider the earliest writings of Munsterberg, Balazs, and Eisenstein, move on to Bazin, the Filmologists, and Mitry, and address the linguistic, semiotic, and psychoanalytic contributions offered by Barthes, Metz, and many of their contemporaries. The chapters include "Film as Audiovisual Representation," "Montage," "Cinema and Narration," "Cinema and Language," and "Film and its Spectator." With numerous references to specific films and many black-and-white stills, the book will be useful for both beginning film students and advanced scholars who need a summary of the major stages in the development of film theory and aesthetics.

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Jacques Aumont is Professor Emeritus at the Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.


* Translator's Note * Introduction * Typologies of Written Work on the Cinema * The Popular Press * Publications Directed at Cinephiles * Theoretical and Aesthetic Writings * Theories of the Cinema and Aesthetics of the Cinema * An Indigenous Theory * A Descriptive Theory * Film Theory and Aesthetics * Theory of the Cinema and Technical Practice * Film Theories *1. Film as Audiovisual Representation * Film Space * Techniques of Depth * Perspective * Depth of Field * The Concept of the Shot * The Cinema as Audio Representation * The Economic-Technical Factors and Their History * Aesthetic and Ideological Factors *2. Montage * The Principle of Editing * The Objects of Editing * Modes of Action in Editing * Montage: The Large Definition of Editing * The Functions of Montage * The Empirical Approach * Toward More Systematic Description * Ideologies of Montage * Andre Bazin and the Cinema of Transparency * S. M. Eisenstein and the Dialectical Cinema *3. Cinema and Narration * Narrative Cinema * The Cinema Encounters Narration * Non-narrative Cinema: A Difficult Boundary * Narrative Cinema: Objects and Objectives of Film Study * The Fiction Film * Every Film Is a Fiction Film * The Problem of the Referent * Narrative, Narration, and Diegesis * Narrative Codes, Functions, and Characters * Realism in the Cinema * Realism and the Materials of Expression * The Realism of Film Subject Matter * The Plausible * The Genre Effect * The Impression of Reality *4. Cinema and Language * Film Language * An Ancient Notion * The First Theorists * The Film Grammars * The Classical Conception of Language * A Language without Signs * The Cinema: Language or Language System? * Film Language and Language System(s) * Film's Intelligibility * The Heterogeneity of Film Language * The Materials of Expression * The Concept of Code in Semiology * The Codes Specific to the Cinema * Nonspecific Codes * The Textual Analysis of Film * The Concept of Film Text in Language and Cinema * Case Study: The Textual System of D. W Griffith's Intolerance * The Notion of Text in Literary Semiotics * The Originality and Consequence of Textual Analysis *5. Film and Its Spectator * The Film Spectator * The Conditions of the Representative Illusion * The "Working" of the Spectator * Filmology's Spectator * The Film Spectator as Imaginary Person * A New Approach to the Film Spectator * The Film Spectator and Identification in Film * The Role of Identification in the Formation of the Ego * Identification as Narcissistic Regression * Double Identification in the Cinema * Primary Identification in the Cinema * Secondary Identification in the Cinema * Identification and Structure * Identification and Enunciation * The Film Spectator and the Psychoanalytic Subject * Feminist Theory and the Spectator * Conclusion * Notes * Bibliography * Index

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  • publication date: 01/06/1992
  • ISBN13: 9780292704374
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780292704374
  • weight: 443
  • ISBN10: 0292704372

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