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  Film theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Film theory debates the essence of the cinema and provides conceptual frameworks for analyzing, among other things, the film image, narrative structure, the function of film artists, the relationship of film to reality, and the film spectator's position in the cinematic experience.
Film theory is generally distinguished from film criticism by its emphasis on meaning and interpretation over evaluation and judgment.
So-called classical film theory (from the 1910s through, approximately, 1970) arose in the silent era and was mostly concerned with defining the crucial elements of the medium.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Film_theory   (657 words)

 Feminist film theory
The theory during the 1970s and 80s was that the motivation for the crazed psycho killer, was the negative feelings that he associated with a relationship with a woman.
On top of this, many argued that the largely male audience of these films were sexually aroused by the bloody deaths of these women, and that this arousal was caused and/or heightened by cinematic techniques such as camera angles, lighting etc. The film positions women who are sexually active as deserving of punishment.
This theory springs from the perception of the masculine voyeur (whom the viewer identifies with - according to 70s/80s theories) vs. the feminine victim (who is being looked at, by both the murderer and the male gaze of the audience).
www.jahsonic.com /FeministFilmTheory.html   (1540 words)

 Smelik - Feminist Film Theory
Although Clover is aware of the misogyny of the genre of the slasher film, she claims a subversive edge in that it adjusts gender representations and identifications.
Combining documentary with fictional elements, this hybrid film centres on the relation between the body of the mother and that of her daughter by foregrounding questions of authenticity and authority.
Or that the film is a self-reflexive study of the position of the documentary filmmaker.
www.let.uu.nl /womens_studies/anneke/filmtheory.html   (13080 words)

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It is a meta- aesthetic theory, grounded on empirical studies of relevant psychological behavior.<4> The theory is intended to explain what viewers are doing when they view and interpret films, regardless of the critical theories purportedly used to support their particular interpretations.
Branigan's constructivist theory of film comprehension is strikingly introduced in his account of narrative as a temporal, spatial and causal order (a narrative-world order) imposed on textual material by the viewer's various cognitive activities.
After carefully analyzing the role of point-of-view in the film, he concludes that the film oscillates between portraying Lisa as a distant, unacknowledged subject who is denied a legitimate position of view and portraying her as overpowered by an intimacy wholly defined by the male subject, Stefan.
www.hanover.edu /philos/film/vol_02/sweeney.htm   (4749 words)

 Formalist film theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Formalist film theory is a theory of film study that is focused on the formal, or technical, elements of a film: i.e., the lighting, scoring, sound and set design, use of colour, shot composition, and editing.
Film noir, which was given its name by the Cahiers du cinema crowd, is marked by lower production values, darker images, underlighting, location shooting, and general nihilism: this is because, we are told, during the war and post-war years filmmakers were generally more pessimistic (as well as filmgoers).
If the ideological approach is concerned with broad movements and the effects of the world around the filmmaker, then the auteur theory is dialectically opposed to it, celebrating the individual, usually in the person of the filmmaker, and how his personal decisions, thoughts, and style manifest themselves in the material.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Formalist_film_theory   (920 words)

 Film Theory Defined
Film theory is the construction and verification of propositions about film or some aspect of film.
Film theory tries to explain the meanings, effects (psychological and physical), and other factors surrounding the phenomenon of film.
Many film theories were developed quite by accident by early filmmakers whose films were made on basis of:
mailer.fsu.edu /~jgm8530/instructor/Film_Theory.htm   (695 words)

 The Work of Interpretation: A Theoretical Defence of Film Theory and Criticism
That is partly due to the fact that film theory itself has not yet achieved theoretical status in the sense that it is readily understood and explicitly endorsed by those who apparently value it, let alone those who do not.
In terms of film theory and criticism, the hermeneutics of suspicion is vital, since virtually every attempt at film theory aims at an interpretation that differs from immediate, responses that one gets from a film.
This is especially important to both hermeneutics and film theory, because this means that the directors, and their visions themselves are not identical to legitimate interpretations of their films, and Wollen notes this in the passage that succeeds the one mentioned above.
www.kinema.uwaterloo.ca /miler991.htm   (3744 words)

 Cognitive Science and Film Theory/Freeland 1997
The psychologists (Anderson and Tan) are pro-illusion, the philosophers (Currie and Carroll) are contra.
Through trial and error, films have developed conventions and styles that are realistic and "potentially acceptable to every human being on earth" (11-12).
Is a Cognitive Theory of Avant-garde Cinema Perverse?
www.hfac.uh.edu /cogsci/CogSciFilmTheory.html   (4405 words)

 Film and Movies, Title
Film as Drama (old) For help with the Basic Aesthetics, go to 200X Files, for specifics of Filmmaking -- to Film Direction; for acting for the screen -- Method Acting.
Theatre UAF is still a coordinator of "film minor" and we have BA with the emphasis in video directing.
This directory was built to support Film & Drama course, which is renamed now into "Movies and Films" -- and serves as an intro-class for Film Theory under "Film Studies" at UAF.
film.vtheatre.net /title.html   (1867 words)

 Drive-Through Film Theory
The auteur system can be contrasted to the genre system, in which films are rated on the basis of the expression of one person, usually the director, because his/her indelible style, authoring vision or 'signature' dictates the personality, look, and feel of the film.
Theories of Film by Andrew Tudor; Viking Press, 1974 * - 1: Introduction - 2:: Eisenstein: Great Beginnings - 3: the Problem of Context: John Grierson - 5: Critical Method: Auteur and Genre
In film, our analysis of a particular shot is paradigmatic when we compare it (not necessarily consciously) with the use of a viable alternative kind of shot.
filmplus.org /theory.html   (3701 words)

 Intro for FILM Analysis directory @ Theatre w/Anatoly
Art film rejects this as unrealistic, and attempts to portray real life situations and characters where things happen that do not always have a clear meaning or purpose, but instead are vague and even mysterious.
Classical Hollywood films are also able to portray social issues, but only within the bounds of the narrative, and therefore social issues are looked at only from the outside, objectively.
But unlike classical Hollywood, art film is considered to be more effective at portraying its characters as more true to life, because their inner psychological state is portrayed with more subjective realism.
film.vtheatre.net /intro.html   (1358 words)

 Teaching Cognitive Science and the Arts II
He analyzes continuity in Hollywood films in relation to standard rules for visual perception, discussing devices like match-action cuts, jump cuts, invisible cuts, and the depiction of settings in three-dimensional space.
Numerous scholars in film studies have adopted the view that film either has or is a language, but the relevant conception of language is fuzzy at best; Saussure’s account of linguistics has been extremely influential, and students might benefit from exploring implications of replacing his theory with, say, Chomsky’s.
Also, brain-based theories do not readily fit with recent emphases in film theory on gender, class, and race as factors in aesthetic experience (see Plantinga).
www.aesthetics-online.org /ideas/freeland2.html   (1977 words)

 Literatures Languages and Cultures Graduate School - Film Studies
This course will be taught over two terms and is designed to make students familiar with major European film theories and various approaches to film analysis.
It will also look at the contribution of psychoanalysis and semiotics to film theory.
One of the themes studied in its modulations through various programmes will be the ongoing search of European filmmakers for concepts of the cinema and for film styles that are distinct from the classical cinema of Hollywood.
www.filmstudies.llc.ed.ac.uk /film_theory_and_criticism.html   (221 words)

 filmmaking.net forums - Film Theory
I have to write a critic on one the film theories using a recent movie.
I don't really know what the psychoanalysis film theory actually is but the movie is dripping in psychoanalysis of the non-film theory variety.
not only is the cinematography interesting and breathtaking, but the whole film deals with feminism and psychoanalysis...
www.filmmaking.net /fnetforum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1791   (466 words)

 film theory
The essays on narrative, genre study, psychoanalysis, feminist criticism, semiotics, and reader-oriented criticism are accessible for novice students; each author presents a helpful survey of bibliographical sources for the theory surveyed.
Bordwell's book is a bit philosophical for the beginner but presents a brilliant analysis of the way film critics find and create meaning in "reading" film.
There are references to hundreds of films, many which the casual film viewer will not have seen.
myweb.wvnet.edu /~jelkins/film04/theory.html   (1265 words)

 David Bordwell - Cognitive Film Theory
If we want to know how films work upon us, then cognitive theory offers a range of concepts which correlate nicely with notions like norm, form, function, and psychological experience.
I also meant it to be the sort of simple summary of a perspective that no one had yet provided for psychoanalytic theory, as conceived by film studies.
And I was pleased to learn at the Institute's second conference (Film, Mind, and Viewer, Copenhagen 27-30 May 1999) that the essay was being used as a reference point in classes.
www.geocities.com /david_bordwell/cognitive.htm   (871 words)

 Film Sound Design - Film Sound Theory
Sound designer and film editor Walter Murch may be one of the most and diverse below-the-line talents to be working in movies today.
Film Sound Theory and Postproduction Books and Articles.
If anyone who holds the copyright to any of the images, texts and sounds on this site, object to their presence here, please e-mail me and said material will be removed.
www.filmsound.org   (735 words)

 Game Theory .net - Movies featuring game theory
The decision as to whether or not to call an ex-girlfriend leads to a pooling equilibrium in which neither those seeking reconciliation or avoiding it ought to call.
A PBS film documentary about the life of Nobel Prize-winning economist John Nash.
A mockumentary about players honing their skills and contemplating mixed strategies for the upcoming rock-paper-scissors championship.
www.gametheory.net /popular/film.html   (995 words)

 Film Music Theory
Composing for the films' (1947): Adorno, Eisler and the sociology of music
Film Music Magazine is a monthly trade publication for professionals in the film and television music business, and includes news, feature articles, investigative reporting, and an event calendar
This site has detailed information on the history of music in silent and early sound films.
www.filmsound.org /filmmusic   (299 words)

 VoS - Voice of the Shuttle
Leo Braudy (USC), Seminar in Genre Theory (2001) (course on genre in film and fiction)
Film Theory List ("This list is a forum for the discussion of the theory of film, cinema, video and related media in all their aspects: aesthetic, artistic, cultural, social, philosophical and political...") (The Spoon Collective)
Preface to The Crisis of Political Modernism: Criticism and Ideology in Contemporary Film Theory (2nd ed., 1994)
vos.ucsb.edu /browse.asp?id=916   (258 words)

 Film Theory Menu Page (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.umd.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
If you believed what film freaks were saying in the 1970s, the difference between a photograph of an orange and a photograph of the sun was largely in the cameraman's head.
This wild subjectivism provoked a number of essays about scientific objectivity and mechanical recording devices.
Objective Graphics (also available at this site under "Anti-Science Follies") relates Karl Popper's epistemological ideas to the development of mechanical substitutes for human sensoria—tape, film, digital imaging, radiography, tomography, cloud chambers, whatever.
www.culturecult.com.cob-web.org:8888 /film/film.htm   (199 words)

 Spoon Home Page - Jefferson
Film-Theory: All aspects of theory of film and cinema (Discontinued)
Modernism: A Discussion of the theory and practice of cultural modernism (Discontinued)
Postcolonial: Discussion of postcolonial literature, film, and theory (Discontinued)
jefferson.village.virginia.edu /~spoons/film-theory_html/f-t.index.html   (228 words)

 The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
Now expanded and updated, The Johns Hopkins Online Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism is an indispensable resource for scholars and students of literary theory and discourse.
Revised extensively to reflect a decade of rapidly changing scholarship, the Online Guide features 48 new entries and subentries.
litguide.press.jhu.edu   (118 words)

 Netribution > Features > Essays
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Our film theory section is designed to increase debate and discussion on film - as well as provide a resource for researchers and writers.
Getting Away With It - Morality and Violence in the films of John Woo
www.netribution.co.uk /features/essays/index.html   (126 words)

 Film Sound Design - Film Sound Theory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I've been working in sound for many years and found lots of new ideas to try out"
"Comprehensive information on film sound and sound recording,,"
The Culture­specific use of Sound in India Cinema
filmsound.studienet.org   (445 words)

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