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Description - European Film Theory and Cinema by Ian Aitken

European Film Theory and Cinema explores the major film theories and movements within European cinema since the early 1900s. An original and critically astute study, it considers film theory within the context of the intellectual climate of the last two centuries. Ian Aitkin focuses particularly on the two major traditions that dominate European film theory and cinema: the "intuitionist modernist and realist" tradition and the "post-Saussurian" tradition. The first originates in a philosophical lineage that encompasses German idealist philosophy, romanticism, phenomenology, and the Frankfurt School. Early intuitionist modernist film culture and later theories and practices of cinematic realism are shown to be part of one continuous tradition. The post-Saussurian tradition includes semiotics, structuralism, and post-structuralism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253215055
ISBN-10: 0253215056
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ian Aitken

Ian Aitken is a Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University. He is author of The Documentary Film Movement and The Cinema of Alberto Cavalcanti.

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