The Major Film Theories: An Introduction

The Major Film Theories: An Introduction

The Major Film Theories: An Introduction

The Major Film Theories: An Introduction

Synopsis

Both a history of film theory and an introduction to the work of the most important writers in the field, Andrew's volume reveals the bases of thought of such major theorists as Munsterberg, Arnheim, Eisenstein, Balazs, Kracauer, Bazin, Mitry, and Metz.

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What is film theory? What do we do in film theory? Film theorists make and verify propositions about film or some aspect of film. They do so for both practical and theoretical reasons. In the realm of practicality, film theory answers the questions asked by those engaged in making films. Cameramen might want to understand the gains and losses of the wide screen; a producer might want to think out all the ramifications of the 3-D process. In such cases, film theory brings to light what filmmakers undoubtedly comprehend intuitively.

Film theory is more often studied, as other arts and sciences, for the sheer pleasure of knowing. Most of us simply want to understand a phenomenon we have experienced fruitfully for many years. Certainly, there is no guarantee that film theory deepens the appreciation of film, and in fact many students claim a loss of that original unreflected pleasure which all of us once had in the movie theater. What replaces this loss is knowledge, an understanding of how things work.

This situation in which knowledge of an experience begins to substitute for the experience itself is a peculiarly modern phenomenon. One need only browse through the local bookstore to see . . .

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