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Theorizing the Moving Image

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  • Date Published: May 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466073

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  • Theorizing the Moving Image brings together a selection of essays written by one of the leading critics of film over the past two decades. In this volume, Noël Carroll examines theoretical aspects of film and television through penetrating analyses of such genres as soap opera, documentary, and comedy, and such topics as sight gags, film metaphor, point-of-view editing, and movie music. Throughout, individual films are considered in depth. Carroll's essays, moreover, represent the cognitivist turn in film studies, containing in-depth criticism of existing approaches to film theory, and heralding a new approach to film theory.

    • Essays by leading scholar brought together in one volume
    • In-depth criticisms of existing approaches to film theory
    • Heralds a new approach to film theory - piece-meal theorising
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Professor Carroll has, in one densely packed collection of thought-provoking essays, forever changed the past, present and future of film theory. His rationale reintroduces creativity to a genre burdened with well-intentioned, but ultimately binding and counter-productive rules imposed by an emerging pool of critics. Professor Carroll answers his own critics with clarity and objectivity, and gives logical arguments in favor of a new approach. This volume will, no doubt, perplex and provoke students of film theory for years to come." Midwest Book Review

    "For its breadth of scholarship, its fecundity of ideas, and its rigor in argument, Theorizing the Moving Image deserves a place on the shelves of anyone interested in the study of film." Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466073
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Questioning Media:
    1. Medium specificity arguments and the self-consciously invented arts
    2. The specificity of media in the arts
    3. Concerning uniqueness claims for photographic and cinematographic representation
    4. Defining the moving image
    Part II. Popular Film and TV:
    5. The power of movies
    6. Toward a theory of film suspense
    7. As the dial turns: notes on soap operas
    8. Toward a theory of point of view editing
    9. Notes on movie music
    10. Notes on the sight gag
    Part III. Avant-garde and Documentary Film:
    11. Avant-garde film and film theory
    12. Causation, the amplification of movement and the avant-garde film
    13. Language and cinema: preliminary notes for a theory of verbal images
    14. A note on film metaphor
    15. From real to reel: entangled in non-fiction film
    16. Reply to Carol Browson and Jack C. Wolf
    Part IV. Ideology:
    17. The image of women in film: a defense of a paradigm
    18. Film, rhetoric and ideology
    Part V. The History of Film Theory:
    19. Film/mind analogies: the case of Hugo Munsterberg
    20. Hans Richter's Struggle for Film
    21. A brief note on Frampton's notion of metahistory
    Part VI. Polemical Exchanges:
    22. Cognitivism, contemporary film theory and method
    23. Cracks in the acoustic mirror
    24. A reply to Heath
    25. Replies to Jennifer Hammett and Richard Allen
    Part VII. False Starts:
    26. Film history and film theory
    27. Art, film and ideology
    28. Toward a theory of film editing.

  • Author

    Noel Carroll, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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