The Language and Style of Film Criticism brings together original essays from an international range of academics and film critics highlighting the achievements, complexities and potential of film criticism.
In recent years, in contrast to the theoretical, historical and cultural study of film, film criticism has been relatively marginalised, especially within the academy. This book highlights the distinctiveness of film criticism and addresses ways in which it can take a more central place within the academy and develop in dynamic ways outside it.
The Language and Style of Film Criticism is essential reading for academics, teachers, students and journalists who wish to understand and appreciate the language and style of film criticism.
Dr Andrew Klevan is University Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St. Anne's College where he convenes the Master's Degree in Film Aesthetics. He is the author of two books, Disclosure of the Everyday: Undramatic Achievement in Narrative Film (2000) and Film Performance: From Achievement to Appreciation (2005), and a range of essays which explore and practise film criticism. Dr Alex Clayton is Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Bristol. He is the author of The Body in Hollywood Slapstick (2007) and has published articles on comedy, performance, colour, and the use of music in film.
Introduction: The Language and Style of Film Criticism Alex Clayton and Andrew Klevan Chapter 1. Coming to Terms Alex Clayton Chapter 2. Questioning Style Robert Sinnerbrink Chapter 3. Incursions Adrian Martin Chapter 4. Description Andrew Klevan Chapter 5. Writing about Performance: The Film Critic as Actor George Toles Chapter 6. Silence and Stasis William Rothman Chapter 7. Four Against the House Richard Combs Chapter 8. Being Seized Charles Warren Chapter 9. Memories That Don't Seem Mine Lesley Stern Chapter 10. La Camera-Stylo: Notes on Video Criticism and Cinephilia Christian Keathley