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Description - Engaging Characters by Murray Smith

Thrillers, weepies, horror movies and melodramas evoke characteristic kinds of emotional response, yet emotion is not much examined by film or literary theory. This work discusses emotional responses to films, integrating them into a theory of engagement, or identification with, characters in cinematic and literary fictions. Films and filmmakers discussed include: "The Accused"; Hitchcock (including detailed analyses of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "Saboteur"); Godard; Ruiz; Bunuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire"; Dovzhenko's "Arsenal"; Preminger's "Daisy Kenyon"; Bresson's "L'Argent"; Eisenstein's "Strike"; and Melville's "Le Doulos". This book should be of interest to students of film, cultural, literary and media studies, as well as students of literary theory and philosophy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198183471
ISBN-10: 019818347X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Pages: 276
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Murray Smith

Smith has contributed to a number of journals in media studies and literary criticism, ranging from Screen to The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. He lives in London, SE13.

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