1st Edition

The Language and Style of Film Criticism

Edited By Andrew Klevan, Alex Clayton Copyright 2011
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Language and Style of Film Criticism brings together original essays from an international range of academics and film critics highlighting the achievements, complexities and potential of film criticism.

    In recent years, in contrast to the theoretical, historical and cultural study of film, film criticism has been relatively marginalised, especially within the academy. This book highlights the distinctiveness of film criticism and addresses ways in which it can take a more central place within the academy and develop in dynamic ways outside it.

    The Language and Style of Film Criticism is essential reading for academics, teachers, students and journalists who wish to understand and appreciate the language and style of film criticism.

    Introduction: The Language and Style of Film Criticism Alex Clayton and Andrew Klevan  Chapter 1. Coming to Terms Alex Clayton  Chapter 2. Questioning Style Robert Sinnerbrink  Chapter 3. Incursions Adrian Martin  Chapter 4. Description Andrew Klevan  Chapter 5. Writing about Performance: The Film Critic as Actor George Toles  Chapter 6. Silence and Stasis William Rothman  Chapter 7. Four Against the House Richard Combs  Chapter 8. Being Seized Charles Warren  Chapter 9. Memories That Don’t Seem Mine Lesley Stern  Chapter 10. La Caméra-Stylo: Notes on Video Criticism and Cinephilia Christian Keathley


    Dr Andrew Klevan is University Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St. Anne’s College where he convenes the Master’s Degree in Film Aesthetics. He is the author of two books, Disclosure of the Everyday: Undramatic Achievement in Narrative Film (2000) and Film Performance: From Achievement to Appreciation (2005), and a range of essays which explore and practise film criticism.

    Dr Alex Clayton is Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Bristol. He is the author of The Body in Hollywood Slapstick (2007) and has published articles on comedy, performance, colour, and the use of music in film.