A Critical Study of Classic Cinema
By (author) Philip Gillett
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Movie Greats by Philip Gillett
Book DescriptionWhy are some films regarded as classics, worthy of entry into the canon of film history? Which sorts of films make the cut and why? Movie Greats questions how cinema is ranked and, in doing so, uncovers a history of critical conflict, with different aesthetic positions battling for dominance. The films examined range across the history of cinema: The Battleship Potemkin, The 39 Steps, Modern Times, Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life, Black Narcissus, The Night of the Hunter, Lawrence of Arabia, 8*, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Godfather, Raging Bull, The Piano and Kill Bill: Vol. 1. Each chapter opens with a brief summary of the film's plot and goes on to discuss the historical context, the key individuals who made the film, and initial and subsequent popular and critical responses. Students studying the history of film, canon formation or film aesthetics will find this book relevant, provocative and absorbing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845206536
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Philip Gillett
British Working Class in Postwar Film, Paperback (March 2003)» View all books by Philip Gillett
An incidental pleasure of watching a film is what it tells us about the society in which it is made. Using a sociological model this title looks at how working-class people were portrayed in British feature films in the decade after the Second World War.
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Author Biography - Philip Gillett
Philip Gillett is an independent film critic and writer and author of The British Working Class in Postwar Film.
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