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AFI Film Readers


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AFI Film Readers, published in cooperation with the American Film Institute, focus on important issues and themes in film and media scholarship.

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The City Symphony Phenomenon Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars

The City Symphony Phenomenon Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Steven Jacobs, Eva Hielscher, Anthony Kinik
December 18, 2020

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 ...

Screening Characters Theories of Character in Film, Television, and Interactive Media

Screening Characters Theories of Character in Film, Television, and Interactive Media

1st Edition

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 ...

Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm Cinema, Television, and the Archive

Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm Cinema, Television, and the Archive

1st Edition

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 ...

Fantasy/Animation Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres

Fantasy/Animation Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres

1st Edition

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 ...

Teaching Transnational Cinema Politics and Pedagogy

Teaching Transnational Cinema Politics and Pedagogy

1st Edition

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 ...

Psychoanalysis and Cinema

Psychoanalysis and Cinema

1st Edition

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 ...

Classical Hollywood Comedy

Classical Hollywood Comedy

1st Edition

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....

Theorizing Documentary

Theorizing Documentary

1st Edition

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?'...

New Silent Cinema

New Silent Cinema

1st Edition

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 ...

Sound Theory/Sound Practice

Sound Theory/Sound Practice

1st Edition

Rick Altman
June 05, 1992

First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Endangering Science Fiction Film

Endangering Science Fiction Film

1st Edition

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’ ...

Hollywood Puzzle Films

Hollywood Puzzle Films

1st Edition

Warren Buckland
June 02, 2014

From Inception to The Lake House, moviegoers are increasingly flocking to narratologically complex puzzle films. These puzzle movies borrow techniques—like fragmented spatio-temporal reality, time loops, unstable characters with split identities or unreliable narrators—more commonly attributed to ...

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