Film As Social Practice

Film As Social Practice

by Graeme Turner


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Explores cinema from a social and cultural perspective, discussing film as a cultural industry and examining how issues of gender, class and ethnicity impact upon representation and spectatorship. This third edition of the best-selling work has been updated to include:

analysis of recent films such as Scream 2, Lethal Weapon 4, and The Wedding Singer; an expanded section on feminist approaches to film; new material on narrative approaches, spectatorship, and psychoanalytic approaches; and increased focus on the industry in

Hollywood and the rise of multiplexes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415007351
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/13/1990
Series: Studies in Communication
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.48(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

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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