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4th Edition

Film as Social Practice

ISBN 9780415375146
Published August 18, 2006 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This fourth edition of our bestselling classic text has been comprehensively updated and revised to include contemporary film analysis and recent films.

With a focus on contemporary popular cinema and examples from Classical Hollywood, Graeme Turner examines the social and cultural aspects of film from audiences and ideologies to exhibition and technology.

This fourth edition now includes:

  • new sections dealing with debates about spectacle and special effects
  • an extended treatment of sound and its contribution to cinema
  • film theory’s discussion of the representation of race and ethnicity
  • a thorough update of individual film references
  • a revised applications chapter that includes new contemporary examples
  • new illustrations from contemporary popular cinema.

Students of film studies, film practice and film theory will find this a welcome addition to their degree course studies.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations  Acknowledgements  General Editor's Preface  Preface  Introduction  1. The Feature Film Industry  The Feature Film Today  The Establishment of the Feature Film  American Domination of the Feature Film Industry  New Competitors, New Strategies, New Hollywood  Spectacle Versus Narrative  Suggestions for Further Work  2. From Seventh Art to Social Practice: A History of Film Studies  Early Aesthetic Approaches  Realist Approaches  Bazin  Auteurs and Genres  The Institutionalization of Film Studies  Film as Social Practice  Suggestions for Further Work  3. Film Languages  Culture and Language  Film as a Signifying Practice  The Signifying Systems  Reading the Film  Suggestions for Further Work  4. Film Narrative  The Universality of Story  The Function of Narrative  Structuralism and Narrative  Codes and Conventions  Genre  Narrative and Narration  Suggestions for Further Work  5. Film Audiences  Specifying the Audience  Stars  The Film Experience  The Film Spectator and Psychoanalysis  Audience Identification  Desire and the Image  Audiences, Texts and Meanings  Cultural Identities  Suggestions for Further Work  6. Film, Culture and Ideology  Film and National Culture  A National Cinema: the Australian Revival  Ideology in the Text  Issues in Ideological Analysis  Suggestions for Further Work  7. Applications  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  Desperately Seeking Susan  Conclusion  References  Index

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Graeme Turner is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He has published many books on media and cultural studies including British Cultural Studies: An Introduction, Understanding Celebrity and The Film Cultures Reader.