Introduction to Film Studies is a comprehensive leading textbook for students of cinema. This completely revised and updated fourth edition guides students through the key issues and concepts in film studies, traces the historical development of film and introduces some of the worlds key national cinemas. A range of theories and theorists are presented from Formalism to Feminism, from Eisenstein to Deleuze. Each chapter is written by a subject specialist, including four new authors, and a wide range of films are analysed and discussed. It is lavishly illustrated with over 123 film stills and production shots, many of them in colour. Reviewed widely by teachers in the field and with a foreword by Bill Nichols, it will be essential reading for any introductory student of film, media studies or the visual arts worldwide.
Key features of the fourth edition are: full coverage of important topics for introductory level updated coverage of a wide range of concepts, theories and issues in film studies in-depth discussion of the contemporary film industry new chapters on Rediscovering Film; Ethnicity, Race and Cinema; Documentary; Film, Form and Narrative; British Cinema; Approaches to Cinematic Authorship new case studies on films such as Bamboozled, Wild Strawberries, Run Lola Run, Grey Gardens, Grizzly Man, Boys Don't Cry, Love Actually, and many others marginal key terms, notes, cross-referencing suggestions for further reading, further viewing and a comprehensive glossary and bibliography website resources including updated popular case studies from previous editions, a chapter on German Cinema and links to supporting sites Individual chapters introduce: Rediscovering Film Studies * The Industrial Contexts of Film Production * Film Form and Narrative * Approaches to Cinematic Authorship * Genre, Theory and Hollywood Cinema; Stardom and Hollywood Cinema * Spectator, Audience and Response * The Documentary Form * The Language of Animation * Gender and Film * Lesbian and Gay Cinema * Ethnicity, Race and Cinema - African American Film * British Cinema * Indian Cinema *Soviet Montage Cinema of the 1920s * French New Wave Contributors include: Chris Darke, Lalitha Gopalan, Terri Francis, Chris Jones, Mark Joyce, Searle Kochberg, Lawrence Napper, Jill Nelmes, Patrick Phillips, Suzanne Speidel, Paul Ward, Paul Watson, Paul Wells.
Table of Contents
Foreword Bill Nichols Introduction to the Fourth Edition Jill Nelmes How to Use This Book Useful Features New Features of the First Edition Part 1 Approaches to Studying Cinema Chapter 1. Rediscovering Film Studies: Some Fresh Starting Points Patrick Phillips Part 2 Cinema as Institution : Industries, Technologies and Audiences Chapter 2. The Industrial Contexts of Film Production Searle Kochberg Part 3 Approaches to Studying Film Texts Chapter 3. Film Form and Narrative Suzanne Speidel Chapter 4. Approaches to Cinematic Authorship Paul Watson Chapter 5. Genre Theory and Hollywood Cinema Paul Watson Chapter 6. Stardom and Hollywood Cinema Paul Watson Chapter 7. Spectator, Audience and Response Patrick Phillips Part 4 Other Genre Forms Chapter 8. The Documentary Form Paul Ward Chapter 9. The Language of Animation Paul Wells Part 5 Cinema, Identities and the Politics of Representation Chapter 10. Gender and Film Jill Nelmes Chapter 11. Lesbian and Gay Cinema Chris Jones Chapter 12. Ethnicity, Race and Cinema - African American Film Terri Francis Part 6 Cinema, Nationhood and National Identities Studying National Cinema: Case Studies Chapter 13. British Cinema Lawrence Napper Chapter 14. Indian Cinema Lalitha Gopalan National Cinemas: Art, Politics and the Avant-Garde Chapter 15. Soviet Montage Cinema of the 1920s Mark Joyce Chapter 16. The French New Wave Chris Darke Glossary Bibliography Index
Jill Nelmes is a senior lecturer at the University of East London. Her research interests include gender and film and screenwriting. She recently spent two years studying screenwriting at UCLA and working in the film industry in Los Angeles.