The European Cinema Reader is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of national cinemas in Europe, bringing together classic writings by key filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein, Luis Bunuel and John Grierson, and critics from Andre Bazin to Peter Wollen. Contributors explore attempts to define European film culture and examine key issues of auteurism and the art house film, national cinemas, the relationship between European film and Hollywood, and issues of funding and distribution. Each section features an editor's introduction setting debates in their context, and the volume concludes with a comprehensive bibliography.
PART ONE: EUROPEAN FILM CULTURE Early Traditions 1. The Birth of the Sixth Art (1911) Ricciotto Canudo 2. Cinema Instrument of Poetry Luis Bunuel 3. The Montage of Film Attractions Sergei Eisenstein 4. Provisional Instructions to Kino-eye Groups Dziga Vertov 5. First Principals of Documentary John Grierson PART TWO: MOVEMENTS FROM EUROPEAN FILM HISTORY 6. An Aesthetic of Reality: neorealism (extract) Andre Bazin 7. 'Six Characters in Search of Auteurs: Discussion about the French Cinema' (extract) Andre Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Pierre Kast, Roger Leenhardt, Jaques Rivette, Eric Rohmer 8. 'The Oberhausen Manifesto' 9. Godard's Cinema and Counter-Cinema: Vent D'Est Peter Wollen 10. Dogme 95 - The Vow of Chastity PART THREE: EUROPEAN FILMS AND THEORY Art Cinemas 11. The Art cinema as a mode of film practice David Bordwell 12. Art cinema as institution Steve Neale Authorship 13. The author as public institution: the 'new' cinema in the Federal Republic of Germany Sheila Johnston National Cinemas 14. The Concept of a National Cinema Andrew Higson 15. Identity and the past recent Russian cinema David Gillespie 16. DEFA and the traditions of International cinema arton Byg 17. Catalan cinema: historical experience and cinematic practise Andrew Higson PART FOUR: EXCLUSION ZONES Europe and America 18. 'Temporary American Citizens - Cultural Anxieties and Industrial Strategies in the Americanisation of European Cinema' Richard Maltby and Ruth Vasey 19. The 'popular' cash and culture in the post-war British cinema industry Janet Thumin 20. Support mechanisms across Europe Angus Finney 21. The financial structure of Spanish cinema Peter Besas 22. 'From the 'prenational' to a 'postnational' French Cinema' Martine Danan