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  Film theory
Classical film theory provides a structural framework to address classical issues of techniques, narrativity[?], diegesis[?], cinematic codes, "the image", genre, subjectivity, and authorship.
More recent analysis has given rise to psychoanalytic film theory, structuralist film theory, feminist film theory, and theories of documentary, new media, third cinema, and new queer cinema[?], to name just a few.
Auteur Theory is similar to film history theory but auteur theory focuses on historical developments, rather than actual movies as Film History Theory does.
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 Film noir   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Film noir is a genre of film based in large part on the detective novels that grew out of naturalism a movement in literature based on realism.
Film noir is French for "fl film" and pronounced accordingly noh-wahr"): the plural is films noirs.
Films noirs were mainly shot fl-and-white in the United States between the early 1940s and the late 1950s.
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 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 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Film theory is about film as a medium rather than about individual films, although theorists often use individual films as examples in generating their theories and film theory is frequently applied to discussions of individual films.
Film theory can also be distinguished from film analysis, which aims to describe how specific features of a film relate to each other in the structure of a film (or body of films) as a whole.
Thus, a film theory might note that a film is unlike reality in that a viewer cannot control what she sees, a film analysis might note that a specific shot restricts the viewer's knowledge of a future plot point, and film criticism might praise the cinematographer's use of framing to increase suspense.
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 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Film theory
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.
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 FILM QUARTERLY - I, Jean Seberg by Marc Rappaport
Film acting can and often does reside in what is cut out and what connections are made when you cut from a face to another object, person, or situation.
I arrived in the film world when the idolatry accorded to stars was over, when the studio system was already in decline and the explosion of foreign films suggested new possibilities about how to make films and, more importantly, what they could be about.
An American producer who made a film in England that Seberg desperately wanted to be in but ultimately wasnít, told me that when she met a man she looked in his eyes and immediately knew if they were or werenít going to fuck (his words, not mine).
www.filmquarterly.org /issue_5501_right.html   (6597 words)

  
 Film - The Film Guide - A Wikia wiki
Film is considered by many to be an important art form; films entertain, educate, enlighten and inspire audiences.
Stock widths and the film format for images on the reel have had a rich history, though most large commercial films are still shot on (and distributed to theaters) as 35 mm prints.
Film preservation of decaying film stock is a matter of concern to both film historians and archivists, and to companies interested in preserving their existing products in order to make them available to future generations (and thereby increase revenue).
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 Nebesio on Mitry
Mitry brings to film theory a scholarly rigour and an aura of objective study, or at least the perceived necessity to ponder on issues from multiple points of view.
For them, film's proficiency to mechanically reproduce was not to be criticized but celebrated, while the stylization of the creationists was rejected as 'going against the grain of the film medium's most essential constituent, photography'.
In a manner similar to the Russian Formalists Mitry distinguishes a 'practical' aspect of a language as well as a 'poetic' one, with the former roughly coinciding with the realist position and the latter recalling the creationist stance.
www.film-philosophy.com /vol3-1999/n35nebesio   (2624 words)

  
 Yale > Film Studies > Graduate Program
In addition to acquiring a firm grounding in the methods and core material of both film studies and another discipline, the candidate will be advised to coordinate a plan of study involving comprehensive knowledge of one or more areas of specialization.
A written protocol between each department and Film Studies outlines the requirements and schedule to be borne in mind as a plan of study is worked out in consultation with the director of graduate studies of Film Studies and the director of graduate studies of the participating department.
At least one examiner of the dissertation must be a member of the graduate Film Studies committee and one a member of the participating department, who is not also on the film studies committee.
www.yale.edu /filmstudiesprogram/gradprogram.html   (1698 words)

  
 Cinema of Italy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
In 1916 the film Cenere (Ash) was based on Grazia Deledda 's book and interpreted by the theatre actress Eleonora Duse (also famous as Gabriele D'Annunzio 's lover).
Another genre was at the same time a certain success: it included films that a wealthy society with a heavy dose formal morality reflecting the culture of the age; genre was called of Telefoni Bianchi (white telephones) by the constant characteristic of this object in the represented scenes.
In his films with Peppino De Filippo quite always with Castellani) a sort of neorealistic satire was in the means of a guitto as as with the art of the great actor he also was like (too late finally at least) Pier Paolo Pasolini would have shown.
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 UCSB FILM STUDIES DEPARTMENT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
This is the period of "classical film theory." There will be hints and indications in some of the readings about the various directions that film theory has explored since the late 1970's.
A theory, then, is an explanation of something (of physical objects in motion, of human beings, of films) which makes generalizations about objects in order to understand the nature of an object or phenomenon and how it works.
Examples from films are fine as illustrations for your arguments but do not let your paper turn into an examination or an analysis of a film or films (as in Film Studies 146).
www.filmstudies.ucsb.edu /courses/192a   (3650 words)

  
 Heffernan, "Looking at the Monster"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Since Bazin, film theory has become more explicitly linguistic but no less committed to the principle that the language of cinema is fundamentally visual.
The doctrine that film subjugates women to the gaze of the male should also be rethought, as Silverman suggests, with the aid of Lacan's distinction between the gaze and the look.
While film is a wholly artificial product, the creature consists entirely of natural body parts, so that he is closer to an actual human being with one or more transplanted organs than he is to the mechanical men constructed by futurist designers in the 1920s or to the cyborg of present-day science fiction.
www.english.upenn.edu /Projects/knarf/Articles/hefferna.html   (11334 words)

  
 Continuum 1.2: Dana Polan
Film theory can only move by ceasing to be a theory of film - of film as an object to be fixed in its essence, its specificity.
The potentially reductive effects of a media theory of culture show up for me quite directly in the work of Edward Said who is increasingly coming to stand for us as one of the cultural theorists most able to resist a religious hermeneutics for an approach that would tie texts to particular powers.
Second, there has been a certain effort to break away from a narrative theory of film, even of the fiction film, to suggest that film might be narrativistic not in essence but only in particular constellations.
wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au /ReadingRoom/1.2/Polan.html   (5711 words)

  
 Film Studies @ Emory University
The program trains its students to be astute and discriminating critics and analysts of film art; it strengthens their critical thinking through an awareness of the the philosophical and aesthetic debates in film theory; and it provides students with a thorough knowledge of the cinema's history as a dynamic form of cultural expression.
Narrative and experimental films are analyzed in historical perspective with regard to how societal norms and film language construct the representation of women and how women have used the medium for self-representation.
History and theory of one or more major Hollywood genres--the Western, the ganster film, the musical, the horror film, film noir, and science fiction--and their international analogues (e.g., the western and the Japanese Chambara film).
www.filmstudies.emory.edu /students.html   (2915 words)

  
 Ben-Shaul: Outline of a Developmental-Cognitive Approach for Comprehending the Art of Cinema Volume 2 Number 6
The contribution of this approach to the theory of cinema is in the assumption that it is possible to foster aesthetic cognition and sensibility
Thus, in the opening scene of the film, in which a character's eye is split open by a razor blade, the emotionally appalling image is accompanied by a cold image of the moon being “cut” by a cloud.
Hence the history of film might be approached in such manner that correlates the gradual progression of film history with the progression of aesthetic fostering.
ijea.asu.edu /v2n6   (5624 words)

  
 SlipperySloop-NonMagicalRealism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
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.
Male gaze in relation to feminist theory presents asymmetrical gaze as a means of exhibiting an asymmetrical power relationship, that is, the male gazing upon a female renders the female having an unwanted gaze upon her.
film theory, narrativity refers to the proceses by which a story is both presented by the filmmaker and interpreted by the viewer.
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 Game Studies - Computer Games Have Words, Too: Dialogue Conventions in Final Fantasy VII
When the young medium of film made the transition from early cinema to the classical Hollywood style, the change was not based solely on the new reliance on the closeup.
Dialogue, of course, is not a distinguishing characteristic of film; it is a shared inheritance from television, the cinema, novels, and the theater.
The overall character arc of the game is a familiar one from the action film: Cloud the itinerant soldier-for-hire must progress from his initial state of caring for nothing but himself and his own financial gain to embracing the rebel cause, even when it means sacrificing for the other members of the team.
www.gamestudies.org /0202/smith   (4524 words)

  
 How to Read a Film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The film critic Christian Metz has written "A film is difficult to explain because it is easy to understand." We are used to sitting back in the dark and viewing a film uncritically; indeed, most Hollywood films are constructed to render “invisible” the carefully constructed nature of the medium.
Further, because a film is constructed of visual, aural, and linguistic components that are manipulated in numerous ways, it is a challenge to take apart the totality of the film experience and to interpret how that experience was assembled.
Metonyms are elements that are similar or the same (for example, in the final scene of The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad represents the lonely battle of activists and Ma represents the resilience of "the people"; or when a part of the whole—such as a close-up of a woman's leg—represents women as sexual objects).
faculty.uwb.edu /mgoldberg/students/readafilm.htm   (3373 words)

  
 Formalism Summary
Russian formalism was a twentieth century school, based in Eastern Europe, with roots in linguistic studies and also theorising on fairy tales, in which content is taken as secondary since the tale 'is' the form, the princess 'is' the fairy-tale princess.
In film studies, formalism is a trait in filmmaking, which overtly uses the language of film, such as editing, shot composition, camera movement, set design, etc., so as to emphasise the artificiality of the film experience.
In the philosophy of mathematics, therefore, a formalist is a person who belongs to the school of formalism, which is a certain mathematical-philosophical doctrine descending from Hilbert.
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 Introduction to Film Theory and Terminology
It may also be used to mean the border of the image that enclose the composition like the frame of a painting.
Most films total over 300)- Hitchcock's Rope tries to give the impression of being one shot, although it is 8 edited shots, which are conceal by careful matching and dissolves.
Rear Projection: A photographic technique whereby live action is filmed in front of a screen on which the background action is projected from behind the screen.
mailer.fsu.edu /~jgm8530/introduction_to_film_theory.htm   (2573 words)

  
 Theatre Theory
Or read Virtual Theatre pages, the reseach -- from the theory's POV it was the same drive to invistgigate the nature of spectatorship, the nature of theatre...
By contrast to classical and mimetic literature—seen as inherently authoritarian and logocentric in its ‘monologism’ (his term for Aristotelian unity and the separation of genres, in which aesthetic harmony is achieved by a singleness of voice and perspective)—Bakhtin traces a counter-culture archetype to popular street carnivals.
The theory is a good neutral ground to jump from the past (known) to the future (which doesn't exist yet -- and you are the link between the two).
afronord.tripod.com /thr/theory.html   (2411 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)

  
 Russ 255 Texts
Slater, Thomas J. Handbook of Soviet and East European Films and Filmmakers.
The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema in Documents, 1896-1939.
Watching each week's film carefully, at least once, and preferably twice, before we begin discussion of that film; note that all films for the course will be screened in Founders 120 each Monday; videotapes of the films are also on Reserve in Clapp Library
www.wellesley.edu /Russian/russianfilm/texts.html   (289 words)

  
 feks.week 5
Art as Technique, in: Lemon, Lee T. and Marion J. Reis (eds.): Russian Formalist Critisism: Four Essays.
Problems of the Cine-Stylistics, in: Eagle, Herbert, ed., : Russian Formalist Film Theory, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Department of Slavic Languages, 1981.
The Semantics of Cinema, 1925 in: The Film Factory, p.
www.stanford.edu /~oksana/feks/week5.htm   (89 words)

  
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I was completing a master's degree in film theory, and decided that massage might be a good way to earn an income while finishing my studies.
Seeing the impermanence of things in the aftermath of the earthquake, and the overriding helpful nature of people in a crisis, I was touched deeply and found it quite difficult to return to my academic studies.
Somehow, teaching Russian formalist film theory didn't seem so important to me then.
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