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European Film Theory and Cinema : A Critical Introduction

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European Film Theory and Cinema explores the major film theories and movements within European cinema since the early 1900s. An original and critically astute study, it considers film theory within the context of the intellectual climate of the last two centuries. Ian Aitkin focuses particularly on the two major traditions that dominate European film theory and cinema: the "intuitionist modernist and realist" tradition and the "post-Saussurian" tradition. The first originates in a philosophical lineage that encompasses German idealist philosophy, romanticism, phenomenology, and the Frankfurt School. Early intuitionist modernist film culture and later theories and practices of cinematic realism are shown to be part of one continuous tradition. The post-Saussurian tradition includes semiotics, structuralism, and post-structuralism.show more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 16mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253215056
  • 9780253215055
  • 741,943

About Ian Aitken

Ian Aitken is a Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University. He is author of The Documentary Film Movement and The Cinema of Alberto Cavalcanti.show more

Table of contents

ContentsIntroduction1. Didacticism and Intuition in Russian Formalism and Weimar Film Theory2. Determinism and Symbolism in the Film Theory of Eisenstein3. Aestheticism and Engagement in Weimar Cinematic Modernism and Soviet Montage Cinema4. Into the Realm of the Wondrous: French Cinematic Impressionism5. The World Well Lost: From Structuralism to Relativism6. From Political Modernism to Postmodernism7. The Redemption of Physical Reality: Theories of Realism in Grierson, Kracauer, Bazin, and Lukacs8. Late European Cinema and Realism9. Post-war Italian and Spanish Realist CinemaConclusionsSelect BibliographyIndexshow more

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