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Hou Hsiao-hsien: A new video lecture! How Motion Pictures Became the Movies. Constructive editing in Pickpocket : A video essay. Rex Stout: Logomachizing. Lessons with Bazin: Six Paths to a Poetics. Murder Culture: Adventures in s Suspense. Mad Detective : Doubling Down. Nordisk and the Tableau Aesthetic. Re Discovering Charles Dekeukeleire. Doing Film History. Anatomy of the Action Picture. Film and the Historical Return. Studying Cinema. Textbook written in collaboration with Kristin Thompson and Jeff Smith.

This book, first published in , was an effort to give undergraduates an orientation to film aesthetics. It offers, I think, the most detailed outline of the various techniques of the medium. Just as important, and the main reason we wrote the book, it places an emphasis on the film as a whole. We try to show how the whole film is the most pertinent and proximate context for understanding how the techniques work.

The book also introduces some doses of film history, in the belief that all techniques gain their significance in particular historical circumstances. Textbook written with Kristin Thompson first-named author. Fourth edition. Too often U. Most textbooks also tended to ignore the primary sources, both print and film.

So we decided to write a history text. And we tried to get outside the canon and look at films and filmmakers not previously discussed. Over several years we traveled to archives around the world to watch films and gather materials. It was by far the most draining book we have written, and we nearly gave up. This is a revised and updated version of the edition mentioned below. The pdf file includes over illustrations, nearly all in color. The old items all revised at least a little include essays on silent film, Japanese cinema, Hong Kong film, European film, and classic and contemporary Hollywood.

From Routledge. I consider how we might study cinematic staging, particularly ensemble staging, and take four major directors as examples of various staging strategies. Andreas Rost was host and organizer, and he went on, with the cooperation of Ingo Fliess of Verlag der Autoren, to edit and publish the talks in German. This little volume has a nifty design, with lovely pictures and a user-friendly layout. Writing it was quite hard, since the subject kept changing from week to week: new films, a fresh crisis in the industry, another batch of books and articles, a new wave of information bursting off the Net.

But I hope both fans and nonspecialists find some of it worthwhile. Other Hong Kong pieces are noted in the articles section. Each chapter offers some criticisms. The fifth chapter suggests studying the history of style as linked problems and solutions, and the approach is illustrated through a history of depth staging. This is my most straightforward book, both in outline and writing style.

This anthology was an effort to gather a range of work in film theory, film analysis, film history, and the philosophy of film which seemed not to fit into the agenda canonized in academic cinema studies.

The field had become defined by anthologies claimed that poststructuralism, postmodernism, cultural studies, and multiculturalism was where the action was—a Big Theory that was best qualified to explain cinema. So this book tries to suggest that there are alternatives: analytic philosophy, cognitive theory, close analysis of films, social theory that recognizes transcultural affinities, and empirical history.

We hoped to open a dialogue with what the discipline took as its leading edge. Several essays in Post-Theory have been translated into various Eeuropean languages. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Taking him as a director trying to fuse theory and practice, I analyze his theoretical writings and all of his films. Secondly, as usual, the book tries to put the director into a pertinent context.

As with Ozu, I try to challenge received opinion. I treat Eisenstein as seeking to synthesize many artistic traditions, both avant-garde and academic.

Eisenstein himself set out to create a poetics of cinema, particularly of film style, and so the book tries to delineate that and show how it still has value for us. The Cinema of Eisenstein is my only book to win an award; it won the Theatre Library Association Award for the outstanding book in film, broadcasting, or recorded performance.

The second edition contains a new preface. The argument advances in three stages. First, the book sketches a history of film interpretation, from the work of early critics through the rise of academic film studies in the s and s, ending in the great quantity of interpretive work that emerged in the s. The second part of the book tries to answer the question of how interpretation works, treating it as a skill which can be mastered.

I argue that meaning is indeed made, through a constructive process. Critics build up inferences and deploy the persuasive powers of language to arrive at conclusions permitted within the institution of criticism. My approach, then, tries to be at once psychological drawing on cognitive psychology , social treating cognitive schemata as socially approved meaning-making processes , and rhetorical.

The last stretch of the book is more polemical, arguing that by now we have all mastered these skills and we ought to move toward cultivating others—chiefly those of scrutinizing form and style. I argue that the most robust impulse in this direction is the tradition of film poetics.

Put another way: interpretation has become easy, but analysis is still hard. Given all the things we might study in films, contemporary discourse seems very narrow. Excerpts are available in Polish in Interpretacja dziela filmowego , ed. Wieslawa Godzica. Cracow: Jagiellonian University Press, , pp.

Available as online PDF. Every time I write a book on a director, I try to give it at least two strata: one for readers interested in that director, and another addressing broader issues. For Dreyer, the plan was to understand the history of international film style through the work of a director who went his own way. For Ozu I was more ambitious: I went for three layers. This meant arguing against many received opinions: that Ozu is a highly conservative filmmaker, using a simple style and slice-of-life plotting; that his camera represents a seated Japanese observer; that he forged his style apart from norms circulating in international film culture.

I often find myself looking for the traditional aspects of experimentalists and the experimental aspects of traditionalists. I also sought to show how Ozu was a keen observer of Western cinema and borrowed freely from it, if only to end up doing things very differently. I brought in the obvious sociopolitical history, which is very important, but again, as with Dreyer I tried to insert him into the aesthetic history of the medium, considering how he worked with and against its norms.

Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema consists of two parts. The second part discusses each film singly, taking up one or two issues raised by the movie but also trying to pick up and develop strands stated in the first part.

This book argues that the best way to answer this question is not to assume that they are simply novels or plays on celluloid. Although film borrows from other media, it has distinctive tools for telling tales. The second part of the book lays out key concepts for analyzing narration in any medium fabula, syuzhet, style. This part also argues that a cognitive approach to narrative best captures the main features of filmic narration.

Written in collaboration with Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson. In this very long, densely printed, heavily footnoted book, two colleagues and I tried to describe, analyze, and explain what this concept might mean. According to the book, a range of technological and institutional factors shaped this style and maintained it over the decades.

We stop our coverage in , but the style is still in place today with some modifications. Berkeley: University of California Press, The book argues that Dreyer explored several avenues of film technique in a way that has affinities with filmic modernism and modernism in adjacent arts. I also suggest that his methods of storytelling involve transformations of techniques he inherited from Scandinavian silent cinema and from the theatre. Using a comparative method, and much influenced by narratologists like Roland Barthes, the book tries to track Dreyer in relation to the development of mainstream film style.

Andreas Rost. Frankfurt: Verlag der Autoren,

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Tell me if this sounds familiar. You saw a new release, and everyone is jockeying to get their opinion out. It can be hard to articulate the way you feel about a movie or TV show besides the typical "good" or "bad" gut reaction. Or maybe you want to write, direct or produce. To dissect a film and understand the context can take years of training. But you've been training without knowing it.

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