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Engaging Cinema: An Introduction to Film Studiesby Bill Nichols
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In what ways do films influence and interact with society? What social forces determine the kinds of movies that get made? How do movies reinforce--and sometimes overturn--social norms? As societies evolve, do the films that were once considered 'great' slip into obscurity? Which ones? Why? These questions, and many others like them, represent the mainstream of scholarly film studies today. In , Bill Nichols offers the first book for introductory film students that tackles these topics head-on. Published in a handy 'trade paperback' format, is inexpensive and utterly unique in the field--a perfect complement to or replacement for standard film texts.
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For students, Nichols (cinema, San Francisco State U.) provides an introduction to film studies that emphasizes the interaction between society and cinema and topics such as stereotyping, ethnicity, masculinity, feminism, and ideology. Contending that film's social implications are key, that viewers respond to films in relation to their social and historical situation, and that different viewers interpret films differently, he discusses both the formal and social contexts of cinema, and the links between the two, with chapters on film as language, documentaries, the social function of genre films, the cultural value of storytelling, the differences between realism, modernism, and postmodernism, and the above issues, as well as a concluding chapter on how to write and speak about film. For the sake of reducing price, there are no images. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
emphasizes the interactions between society and cinema and introduces students to film studies as it is actually done by scholars and critics.
About the Author
Bill Nichols (Ph.D., UCLA) is Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University. A leading (and founding) figure in the film studies community, Nichols is the editor of the seminal anthologies, Movies and Methods, Volumes 1 & 2 (1976; 1985) and the leading textbook in documentary film, Introduction to Documentary (2001). His other books include Ideology and the Image (1981), Representing Reality: Issues and Concepts in Documentary (1991), Blurred Boundaries: Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture (1995), and Maya Deren and the American Avant-Garde (ed., 2001).
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