The Major Film Theories

The Major Film Theories : An Introduction

3.72 (172 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 4 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Dudley Andrew is a master at making the world of film theory accessible to a largely mystified public. Since the publication of his Major Film Theories, a classic in the field, the sophistication of the debate concerning the proper approach to film has grown. It is now the province of critics and universities instead of directors and artists, and this book concentrates on the main areas of the debate rather than on the individual figures. Andrew provides lucid explanations of theories which involve perceptual psychology and structuralism; semiotics and psychoanalysis; hermeneutics and genre study. Throughout he presents his own strong views on the relationship of film theory to criticism, history, and analysis. His clear approach to often obscure theories goes a long way towards bringing an important area of cultural discussion out of its academic exile.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 20mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0195019911
  • 9780195019919
  • 319,993

Review quote

"This history of film theory will enrich our discipline and remain an important source of both information and understanding for some time to come."--Quarterly Review of Film Studies"Andrew's guidebook...is the first in English to cover a relatively broad range of figures."--Sight and Sound"Sure to whet one's appetite for the contemporary French film theory of Mitry, Metz, Ayfre and Agel."--Film Criticism"The book is excellent."--Ivan Pedro Murily, Southern Illinois Universityshow more

Back cover copy

The Major Film Theories is designed for anyone with a serious interest in the art of film. It is both a history of film theory and an introduction to the work of the most important and influential writers on the subject- Munsterberg, Arnheim, Eisenstein, Balazs, Kracauer, Bazin, Mitry and Metz.show more

Rating details

172 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 19% (32)
4 43% (74)
3 31% (54)
2 6% (10)
1 1% (2)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X