Doing Film Studies by Sarah Casey Benyahia

By Sarah Casey Benyahia

Doing movie Studies examines what it fairly capability to review movie, encouraging the reader to question the dominant theories in addition to realizing the most important techniques to cinema. This publication presents an summary of the development of movie reports - together with its background and evolution - and examines the applying of theories to movie texts. vital questions mentioned include:

  • Why does movie reports desire a canon?
  • What is the connection among authorship and style theory?
  • What is display theory?
  • How will we learn a movie text?
  • Why is the concept that of the spectator vital to film?
  • How is movie curious about nationwide identity?
  • What is intended through a ‘film industry’?

Aimed at scholars of their ultimate yr of secondary schooling or starting their levels, Doing movie Studies equips the reader with the instruments wanted in impending the learn of movie.

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This dynamic interplay between ¿lm, industry and audience is fundamental to cinema, long predating the work of genre theorists. A pragmatic understanding of genre has informed the ¿lm industry as it endeavours to engage an audience by building on the success of some ¿lms, and targeting speci¿c audiences. In this respect, genre in practice is a means for the ¿lm industry to minimize risk by responding to public demand. A careful line has to be taken in ensuring that a ¿lm has a clear genre identity to brand it for its target audience, yet provides something different which will distinguish it enough from other ¿lms so as not to seem merely a rehash of a tired formula.

This use of a religious term for a secular academic study has often been remarked upon, and the formation of academic secular canons began in the eighteenth century, coinciding with the decline of religious art. The connotations of the religious meaning of the term, though, have remained. In de¿ning what constitutes a canonical art work, the emphasis on its uniqueness and beauty often suggests a divine rather than man-made creation. In ¿lm studies this is evident in authorship theory, where the director is considered the creator of great works.

In this the list mirrors developments in the teaching and study of ¿lm, where ¿lm production and reception are now seen as important areas of study. The inÀuence of theories of postmodernism is evident in the widening scope of this list, with ¿lms selected for their representation of groups outside of the hegemonic culture. This includes feminist and queer cinema 30 THE HISTORY OF THE CANON (The Piano, All about My Mother), African-American ¿lm-making (Do the Right Thing) and the recognition of popular genre ¿lms (The Matrix, The Blair Witch Project).

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