An Introduction to Film Studies has established itself as one of the leading textbooks for students of cinema. This completely revised and updated third edition guides students through the key issues and concepts in film studies and introduces some of the world's key national cinemas including British, Indian, Soviet and French. Written by experienced teachers in the field and lavishly illustrated with 129 film stills and production shots, it will be essential reading for any student of film.
Table of Contents List of illustrations Notes on contributors Acknowledgements Introduction to the third edition Pt. 1 Institutions and Audiences 1 Ch. 1 Cinema as institution 3 Pt. 2 Approaches to Studying Film Texts 51 2 Film form and narrative 53 3 Spectator, audience and response 91 4 Critical approaches to Hollywood cinema: authorship, genre and stars 129 Pt. 3 Genre Forms - Realism and Illusion 185 5 The documentary form: personal and social 'realities' 187 6 Animation: forms and meanings 213 Pt. 4 Representation of Gender and Sexuality 239 7 Gender and film 241 8 Lesbian and gay cinema 279 Pt. 5 National Cinemas 319 9 Marking out the territory: aspects of British cinema 321 10 Indian cinema 359 11 The Soviet montage cinema of the 1920s 389 12 The French New Wave 421 Glossary 451 Bibliography 469 Index 483
Jill Nelmes is a senior lecturer at the University of East London. Her research interests include gender and film and screenwriting. She recently spent two years studying screenwriting at UCLA and working in the film industry in Los Angeles.