By Warren Buckland
In Film idea: Rational Reconstructions, Warren Buckland asks a chain of questions on how movie conception will get written within the first place:
- How does it pick out its gadgets of research and its tools of inquiry?
- How does it make discoveries and clarify filmic phenomena? And,
- How does it formulate and resolve theoretical problems?
He asks those questions of movie conception via a rational reconstruction and a classical statement. either frameworks make clear and reformulate imprecise and inexact expressions, redefine imprecise suggestions, and think about the underlying good judgment of movie thought arguments. This not just topics movie idea to rigorous exam; it additionally teaches scholars how you can write conception, by way of allowing them to question and severely interrogate the good judgment of past movie concept arguments.
The booklet contains 9 chapters that heavily learn a chain of canonical movie books and essays in nice aspect, by way of Peter Wollen, Laura Mulvey, Thomas Elsaesser, Stephen Heath, and Slavoj Žižek, between others.
Read or Download Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions PDF
Best film & television books
Even supposing lady communique networks abound in lots of contexts and feature obtained an exceptional degree of serious scrutiny, no examine has addressed their certain importance inside narrative tradition writ huge. Filling this conspicuous hole, Ned Schantz provides a full of life exploration of the phenomenon, resituating novelistic tradition as principal while he levels throughout media and the myriad applied sciences that attend them.
American foreign published a tide of low-priced, sensationalistic movies aimed toward the teenage viewers, discovering its maximum good fortune within the horror style. it is a complete consultant to AIP videos which are or were to be had in domestic viewing codecs resembling DVD and VHS. a short historical past of the corporate, which produced videos from the Nineteen Fifties until eventually the Eighties, is supplied.
Experimental movie and Anthropology urges a brand new discussion among likely separate fields. The e-book explores the sensible and theoretical demanding situations coming up from experimental movie for anthropology, and vice versa, via a couple of touch zones: trance, feelings and the senses, materiality and time, non-narrative content material and montage.
Doing movie stories examines what it fairly potential to review movie, encouraging the reader to question the dominant theories in addition to figuring out the foremost techniques to cinema. This publication presents an summary of the development of movie experiences - together with its background and evolution - and examines the appliance of theories to movie texts.
- Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond
- The Visual Divide between Islam and the West: Image Perception within Cross-Cultural Contexts
- America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies, Second Edition
- The ultimate Star Trek and philosophy : the search for socrates
- The Fall of the Roman Empire: Film and History
Extra info for Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions
The two ﬁgures are not simply in front of the fence. As a two-dimensional representation the image also places the fence between them. ) The ﬁgures stand on common ground but only one will move along it. Clementine is now rooted to the soil (not isolated from it in the town’s geometry) while Earp is clearly above it. Earp, though, doesn’t exactly straddle two worlds; he exists apart from and above each. Charisma and the law remain apart but through his intervention, the space between them can be mediated.
This auteur structure is more complex and speciﬁc than cinematic concepts, but not as speciﬁc as individual ﬁlms (singular textual systems). Wollen takes Ford and Hawks as case studies to illustrate his theory. He argues that Hawks’s adventure dramas contain the following motifs and themes: an exclusive group (a band of eccentrics); must pass a test to win admittance; the group members are bound together by rituals – including singing; the group’s security is the ﬁrst commandment; Hawks’s heroes pride themselves on their professionalism; tension is manifest in the group when one of the team lets the others down; for Hawks’s heroes, death is a routine occurrence; his heroes try to mask their nihilism with ‘fun’; there is an undercurrent of homosexuality in Hawks’s ﬁlms; women are only admitted to this all male group after a long process of induction; there is a clear identiﬁcation between women and the animal world; and there is little or no married life in Hawks’s adventure dramas.
Instead, it consisted of a rigorous set of binary oppositions that gradually evolved as Ford’s career progressed. ) In his auteur chapter Wollen did not, therefore, ‘try out’ the auteur theory on unknown directors; he did not attempt to reveal authors where none had existed before, but limited himself to the established auteurs Hawks and Ford. 5 Systematizing data (classifying, correlating, ordering, measuring) The strength and purpose of auteur theory lies in the way it systematizes its data, as Andrew Sarris recognized: ‘the auteur habit of collecting random ﬁlms in directorial bundles will serve posterity with at least a tentative classiﬁcation’ (1962, 8).
Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions by Warren Buckland