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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Understanding Film Theory

ISBN 9780230217102
Publication Date September 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Film theory is a notoriously difficult area to teach, partly because of its complexity but also because students are ill-equipped for the reading required by it. This book is an easy but comprehensive introduction to film theory. Using clever resources, it is the ideal entry point, enthusing and equipping students for study.

CHRISTINE ETHERINGTON-WRIGHT is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at University of Portsmouth (UK) where she teaches a course on Film Theory. She is the author of Gender, Professions, Discourse (Palgrave, 2008).
RUTH DOUGHTY is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at University of Portsmouth (UK). She is one of the co-founding editors of the journal Transnational Cinemas and co-edited Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media (2008).



Chapter 1: Auteur
Case studies: Alfred Hitchcock and Guillermo del Toro

Chapter 2: Genre
Case studies: The Swashbuckler and the Musical

Chapter 3: Formalism
Case study: Run Lola Run/ Lola Rennt (Tom Tykwer, 1998)

Chapter 4: Structuralism and Post-structuralism
Case study: Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)

Chapter 5: Marxism
Case study: Latin America: Third Cinema and Imperfect Cinema

Chapter 6: Realism
Case study: Dogme 95

Chapter: 7 Postmodernism
Case study: Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)

Chapter 8: Psychoanalysis
Case study: Oldboy (Chan-Wook Park, 2003)

Chapter 9: Feminism
Case study: Mamma Mia! (Phyllida Lloyd, 2008)

Chapter 10: Masculinity
Case study: Christian Bale

Chapter 11: Queer Theory
Case study: Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)

Chapter 12: Audience Research and Reception
Case study: Violence

Chapter 13: Stars
Case studies: Amitabh Bachchan and Judi Dench

Chapter 14: Race and Ethnicity
Case study: Rabbit-Proof Fence (Philip Noyce, 2002)

Chapter 15: Postcolonial and Transnational Cinemas
Case study: Avatar (James Cameron, 2009)





'This book addresses a very real gap in existing introductory texts that define, explore, and apply key theoretical concepts within the field of film studies.'- Alison L. McKee, Assistant Professor, Department of Television-Radio-Film-Theatre, San Jose State University, USA
'This is the book that film students have long been waiting for: a clear, well-written and accessible introduction to film theory. Lucid theoretical exposition and case study film analysis offer readers the most intelligible summary of theory that I have yet encountered.'- Paul Sutton, Head of Media, Culture and Language, Roehampton University, UK
'I wish I'd had this book as an undergraduate!' - Lauren Ford, Film graduate, University of Southampton, UK
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