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Jean Epstein

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Book Series: Film Theory in Media History ISBN: 9789089642929 Year: Pages: 440 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_413034 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts
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Filmmaker and theoretician Jean Epstein profoundly influenced film practice, criticism and reception in France during the 1920s and well beyond. His work not only forms the crux of the debates of his time, but also remains key to understanding later developments in film practice and theory. Epstein'&#128;&#153;s film criticism is among the most wide-ranging, provocative and poetic writing about cinema and his often breathtaking films offer insights into cinema and the experience of modernity. This collection - the first comprehensive study in English of Epstein's far-reaching influence - arrives as several of the concerns most central to Epstein'&#128;&#153;s work are being reexamined, including theories of perception, realism, and the relationship between cinema and other arts. The volume also includes new translations from every major theoretical work Epstein published, presenting the widest possible historical and contextual range of Epstein'&#128;&#153;s work, from his beginnings as a biology student and literary critic to his late film projects and posthumously published writings.

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Studying Film with André Bazin

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Book Series: Film Theory in Media History ISBN: 9789048542086 Year: Pages: 209 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts
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The impact of French film critic André Bazin (1918-1958) on the development of film studies, though generally acknowledged, remains contested. A passionate initiator of film culture during his lifetime, his ideas have been challenged, defended and revived throughout his afterlife. Studying Film with André Bazin offers an entirely original interpretation of major concepts from Bazin’s legacy, such as auteur theory, realism, film language and the influence of film on other arts (poetry and painting in particular). By examining mostly unknown and uncollected texts, Blandine Joret explains Bazin’s methodology and adopts it in a contemporary reading, linking his ideas to major philosophical and scientific frameworks as well as more recent media practices such as advertising, CGI, 3D cinema and Virtual Reality. In tune with 21st-century concerns in media culture and film studies, this book addresses a wide readership of film scholars, students and cinephiles.

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Film

The Structures of the Film Experience by Jean-Pierre Meunier: Historical Assessments and Phenomenological Expansions

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Book Series: Film Theory in Media History ISBN: 9789048537846 Year: Pages: 361 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Philosophy --- Performing Arts
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For the first time this volume makes Jean-Pierre Meunier’s insightful thoughts on the film experience available for an English-speaking readership. Introduced and commented by specialists in film studies and philosophy, Meunier’s intricate phenomenological descriptions of the spectator’s engagement with fiction films, documentaries and home movies can reach the wide audience they have deserved ever since their publication in French in 1969.

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Film Studies

Cinematic Vitalism

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789048534005 9789462983656 Year: Pages: 257 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Media and communication --- Performing Arts
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This book draws new connections between twentieth-century German and French film theory and practice and vitalist conceptions of life from biology and philosophy. Inga Pollmann shows how the links between the two created a modernist, experimental, and cinematic strand of vitalism in and around the movie theater. Articulated by film theorists, filmmakers, biologists, and philosophers, this cinematic vitalism maps out connections among human beings, milieus, and technologies that continue to structure our understanding of film. &nbsp;

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Film Museum Practice and Film Historiography

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ISBN: 9789089648266 Year: DOI: 10.5117/9789089648266 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts
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Exploring the history of several important collections from the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam, Bregt Lameris shows how archival films and collections always carry historical traces.

Film Festivals

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789053561928 Year: Pages: 280 DOI: 10.5117/9789053561928 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Media and communication
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Film festivals are hugely popular events that attract lovers of cinema worldwide. Focusing on the world's most famous festivals - Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Rotterdam - Film Festivals tells the story of a phenomenon that began in the midst of geopolitical disputes in war-torn Europe. De Valck shows how festivals turned the odds into advantages and developed into a successful global network. Taking into account the oft multilateral influences of major actors, such as Hollywood, the avant-garde and political/economic agenda's, the book offers a comprehensive understanding of film festivals. A must-read for everyone interested in quality film cultures that revolve around cultural value, aesthetic innovation and socio-political relevance.

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The West in Early Cinema

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789053568316 Year: Pages: 464 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568316 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts --- Media and communication
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Verhoeff investigates the emergence of the western genre, made in the first two decades of cinema (1895-1915). By analyzing many unknown and forgotten films from international archives she traces the relationships between films about the American West, their surrounding films, and other popular media such as photography, painting, (pulp) literature, Wild West Shows and popular ethnography. Through this exploration of archival material she raises new questions of historiography and provides a model for historical analysis. These first traces of the Western film reveal a preoccupation with presence and actuality that informs us about the way in which film, as new medium, took shape within the context of its contemporary visual culture.

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Hitchcock's Motifs

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789053567739 Year: Pages: 496 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567739 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts --- Media and communication
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Among the abundant Alfred Hitchcock literature, Hitchcock's Motifs has found a fresh angle. Starting from recurring objects, settings, character-types and events, Michael Walker tracks some forty motifs, themes and clusters across the whole of Hitchcock's oeuvre, including not only all his 52 extant feature films but also representative episodes from his TV series. Connections and deeper inflections that Hitchcock fans may have long sensed or suspected can now be seen for what they are: an intricately spun web of cross-references which gives this unique artist's work the depth, consistency and resonance that justifies Hitchcock's place as probably the best know film director ever. The title, the first book-length study of the subject, can be used as a mini-encyclopaedia of Hitchcock's motifs, but the individual entries also give full attention to the wider social contexts, hidden sources and the sometimes unconscious meanings present in the work and solidly linking it to its time and place.

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motion pictures --- film

Cinephilia

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789053567685 Year: Pages: 238 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567685 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts --- Media and communication
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This anthology explores new periods, practices and definitions of what it means to love the cinema. The essays demonstrate that beyond individualist immersion in film, typical of the cinephilia as it was popular from the 1950s to the 1970s, a new type of cinephilia has emerged since the 1980s, practiced by a new generation of equally devoted, but quite differently networked cinephilies. They obsess over the nuances of a Douglas Sirk or Ingmar Bergman film; they revel in books such as François Truffaut's Hitchcock; they happily subscribe to the Sundance Channel-they are the rare breed known as cinephiles. Though much has been made of the classic era of cinephilia from the 1950s to the 1970s, Cinephilia documents the latest generation of cinephiles and their use of new technologies. With the advent of home theaters, digital recordings devices, and online film communities, cinephiles today pursue their dedication to film outside of institutional settings. A radical new history of film culture, Cinephilia breaks new ground for students and scholars alike.

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motion pictures --- film

Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789053567081 Year: Pages: 224 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567081 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts --- Media and communication
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Ernst Lubitsch, the German film director who left Berlin for Hollywood in 1923, is best remembered for the famous "Lubitsch touch" in such masterpieces as Trouble in Paradise and Ninotchka, featuring Greta Garbo. Kristin Thompson's study focuses on Lubitsch's silent films from the years between 1918 and 1927, tracing the impact this director had on consolidating classical Hollywood filmmaking. She gives a new assessment of the stylistic two-way traffic between the American and the German film industries, after World War I each other's strongest rival in Europe. By 1919, Lubitsch had emerged as the finest proponent of the German studio style: sophisticated, urbane and thoroughly professionalized. He was quick to absorb 'American' innovations and stylistic traits, becoming the unique master of both systems and contributing to the golden ages of the American as well as the German cinema. Utilizing Lubitsch's silent films as a key to two great national cinemas, Thompson's meticulously illustrated and extensively researched book goes beyond an authorial study and breaks new ground in cinema history. Click on the PDF button to download the table of contents

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