From Antz to Titanic

From Antz to Titanic : Reinventing Film Analysis

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Everybody analyses films. Ordinary viewers, chatting on the way home afterwards. Reviewers, telling us just enough to tempt or put off. Critics, 'situating' films for us. Moralists, hunting for the (harmful) message. So what exactly is it that film academics do that's different? Martin Barker and Thomas Austin provide a jargon-free, accessible and student-friendly introduction to film analysis. They begin with a discussion about audience and a detailed case-study on four conflicting analyses of Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. The authors examine a range of popular Hollywood films in a variety of genres, including Titanic, Deep Impact, Sleepless in Seattle, The Lion King, Starship Troopers and The Usual Suspects, and provide vivid demonstrations of what can and can't be achieved with close textual analysis. The book ends by proposing a list of measures for assessing the adequacy of film analyses: measures intended to lay the basis of a way of doing film analysis which goes beyond theoretically-predetermined and often obscurantist assertions. Explicitly rejecting much of the theoretical baggage that dogs contemporary film analysis, Barker and Austin strip the subject down to its bare essentials. The result is a provocative and timely reexamination of many of the basic tenets in film theory and more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 130 x 214 x 18mm | 381.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745315798
  • 9780745315799

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'I would recommend this book to film students for its evocative and sometimes insightful reading of seven popular Hollywood films, together with its critique of several existing film theories'. From the On-line Journal more

About Martin Barker

Martin Barker is Research Professor at Aberystwyth University. He has researched and published widely on topics ranging from comic books, censorship campaigns, arguments over 'dangerous media', methods of film analysis, and audiences for films ranging from Judge Dredd and Crash to Being John Malkovich and The Lord of the Rings. Thomas Austin lectures in film studies at Sussex University. He is the author of Hollywood: Hype and Audiences, forthcoming from Manchester University more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. Films, Audiences and Analyses 2. Formalism and the Implied Audience 3. Usual Suspects, Unusual Devices 4. An Ant With Ideas 5. Titanic: A Knight To Remember 6. In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle 7. Like Food Processors, But Nasty 8. Dear Meg, Dearest Tom 9. A Very Deep Impact (with Thomas Austin) 10. Showing That It Is What It Is Bibliographyshow more

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