AFI Film Readers, published in cooperation with the American Film Institute, focus on important issues and themes in film and media scholarship.
Psychoanalysis and Cinema
Classical Hollywood Comedy
New Silent Cinema
Sound Theory/Sound Practice
Endangering Science Fiction Film
By James Leo Cahill, Luca Caminati
August 01, 2022
Drawing together 18 contributions from leading international scholars, this book conceptualizes the history and theory of cinema’s century-long relationship to modes of exploration in its many forms, from colonialist expeditions to decolonial radical cinemas to the perceptual voyage of the ...
By Steven Jacobs, Eva Hielscher, Anthony Kinik
March 31, 2021
The 1920s and 1930s saw the rise of the city symphony, an experimental film form that presented the city as protagonist instead of mere decor. Combining experimental, documentary, and narrative practices, these films were marked by a high level of abstraction reminiscent of high-modernist ...
By Johannes Riis, Aaron Taylor
March 12, 2019
Characters are central to our experiences of screened fictions and invite a host of questions. The contributors to Screening Characters draw on archival material, interviews, philosophical inquiry, and conceptual analysis in order to give new, thought-provoking answers to these queries. Providing ...
By Mark Garrett Cooper, Sara Beth Levavy, Ross Melnick, Mark Williams
June 25, 2018
The twentieth century generated tens of thousands of hours of American newsfilm but not the scholarly apparatus necessary to analyze and contextualize them. Assembling new approaches to the study of U.S. newsfilm in cinema and television, this book makes a long overdue critical intervention in the ...
By Christopher Holliday, Alexander Sergeant
May 08, 2018
This book examines the relationship that exists between fantasy cinema and the medium of animation. Animation has played a key role in defining our collective expectations and experiences of fantasy cinema, just as fantasy storytelling has often served as inspiration for our most popular animated ...
By Katarzyna Marciniak, Bruce Bennett
March 14, 2017
This collection of essays offers a pioneering analysis of the political and conceptual complexities of teaching transnational cinema in university classrooms around the world. In their exploration of a wide range of films from different national and regional contexts, contributors reflect on the ...
By E. Ann Kaplan
December 28, 1989
These fifteen carefully chosen essays by well-known scholars demonstrate the vitality and variety of psychoanalytic film criticism, as well as the crucial role feminist theory has played in its development. Among the films discussed are Duel in the Sun, The Best Years of Our Lives, Three Faces of ...
By Kristine Brunovska Karnick, Henry Jenkins
October 19, 1994
Applies the recent `return to history' in film studies to the genre of classical Hollywood comedy as well as broadening the definition of those works considered central in this field....
By Michael Renov
May 10, 1993
A key collection of essays that looks at the specific issues related to the documentary form. Questions addressed include `What is documentary?' and `How fictional is nonfiction?'...
By Katherine Groo, Paul Flaig
October 05, 2015
With the success of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011) and Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist (2011) nothing seems more contemporary in recent film than the styles, forms, and histories of early and silent cinemas. This collection considers the latest return to silent film alongside the larger historical ...
By Rick Altman
June 05, 1992
First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....
By Sean Redmond, Leon Marvell
July 08, 2015
Endangering Science Fiction Film explores the ways in which science fiction film is a dangerous and endangering genre. The collection argues that science fiction's cinematic power rests in its ability to imagine ‘Other’ worlds that challenge and disturb the lived conditions of the ‘real’ ...