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The 'I' of the Camera

The 'I' of the Camera
Essays in Film Criticism, History, and Aesthetics

2nd Edition

Part of Cambridge Studies in Film

  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521527248


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  • The 'I' of the Camera has become a classic in the literature of film. Offering alternatives to the viewing and criticism of film, William Rothman challenges readers to think about film in adventurous ways that are more open to movies and our experience of them. In a series of eloquent essays examining particular films, filmmakers, genres and movements, and the 'Americanness' of American film, Rothman argues compellingly that movies have inherited the philosophical perspective of American transcendentalism. This second edition contains all of the essays that made the book a benchmark of film criticism. It also includes fourteen essays, written subsequent to the book's original publication, as well as a new foreword. The new chapters further broaden the scope of the volume, fleshing out its vision of film history and illuminating the author's critical method and the philosophical perspective that informs it.

    • Written in clear English, not technical jargon
    • Extensive use of frame enlargements, exploring the impact and meaning of specific sequences
    • Addresses a wide range of historical and philosophical issues
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521527248
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.681kg
    • contains: 373 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Hollywood reconsidered: reflections on the classical American cinema
    2. D. W. Griffith and the birth of the movies
    3. Judith of Bethulia
    4. True heart Griffith
    5. The ending of City Lights
    6. The Goddess: reflections on melodrama east and west
    7. Red Dust: the erotic screen image
    8. Virtue and villainy in the face of the camera
    9. Pathos and transfiguration in the face of the camera: a reading of Stella Dallas
    10. Viewing the world in black and white: race and the melodrama of the unknown woman
    11. Howard Hawks and Bringing Up Baby
    12. The filmmaker in the film: Octave and the rules of Renoir's game
    13. Stagecoach and the quest for selfhood
    14. To have and to have not adapted a film from a novel
    15. Hollywood and the rise of suburbia
    16. Nobody's perfect: Billy Wilder and the postwar American cinema
    17. The River
    18. Vertigo: the unknown woman in Hitchcock
    19. North by Northwest: Hitchcock's monument to the Hitchcock film
    20. The villain in Hitchcock
    21. Thoughts on Hitchcock's authorship
    22. Eternal vérités: cinema-vérité and classical cinema
    23. Visconti's Death in Venice
    24. Alfred Guzzetti's Family Portrait Sittings
    25. The taste for beauty
    26. A Tale of Winter: philosophical thought in the films of Eric Rohmer
    27. The 'New Latin American Cinema'
    28. What is American about American film study.

  • Author

    William Rothman, University of Miami

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