By Sarah Casey Benyahia
Doing movie Studies examines what it rather capacity to check movie, encouraging the reader to query the dominant theories in addition to realizing the major techniques to cinema. This e-book offers an summary of the development of movie reports - together with its historical past and evolution - and examines the appliance of theories to movie texts. vital questions mentioned include:
- Why does movie reviews want a canon?
- What is the connection among authorship and style theory?
- What is reveal theory?
- How will we learn a movie text?
- Why is the concept that of the spectator vital to film?
- How is movie focused on nationwide identity?
- What is intended through a ‘film industry’?
Aimed at scholars of their ultimate yr of secondary schooling or starting their levels, Doing movie Studies equips the reader with the instruments wanted in coming near near the examine of movie.
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What criteria are used in admitting ¿lms to the canon? Why are canons controversial? Do canons change over time? Are canons nationally speci¿c? Film studies as a subject has an unusual relationship to canon formation. This is due to the overlap in ¿lm studies of different constituencies – academics, critics, industry and audiences – all of which have inÀuenced the construction of the canon and argued over what is worthy of study. This inÀuence of nonacademic practice on canon formation once again highlights the distinctive place that ¿lm studies has in academia.
One might consider The Searchers in terms of its genre identity as a western, yet go on to analyze its status as a John Ford western, to be evaluated alongside Ford’s proli¿c output in the genre, such as Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine and Red River. Genre theory offers a different approach to auteur theory; in practice, the two can be seen to intersect each other, both seeking to explore, analyse and shed light on the ¿lm text, yet revealing different dimensions, enhancing our ultimate understanding.
This naturalization has the effect of reinforcing the values of a hegemonic culture – white, male, middle class, western – and ignoring the voices of groups outside of it. This was particularly damaging because the certainty of the auteur canon in effect closed down further discussion and research. To counter this Staiger (1985) suggests a group of questions which should be asked by anyone studying ¿lms from the canon or involved in canon formation: • • • • What standards are used to make moral judgements?
Doing Film Studies by Sarah Casey Benyahia