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Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses

Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses
Author: Thomas Elsaesser - Malte Hagener
ISBN 13: 9780415801010
ISBN 10: 41580101
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2009-12-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
List Price: $44.95

What is the relationship between cinema and spectator? That is the central question for film theory, and renowned film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener use this question to guide students through all of the major film theories — from the classical period to today — in this insightful, engaging book. Every kind of cinema (and film theory) imagines an ideal spectator, and then imagines a certain relationship between the mind and body of that spectator and the screen. Using seven distinctive configurations of spectator and screen that move progressively from ‘exterior’ to ‘interior’ relationships, the authors retrace the most important stages of film theory from 1945 to the present, from neo-realist and modernist theories to psychoanalytic, ‘apparatus’, phenomenological and cognitivist theories.