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Thinking About Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5403-1
440 pages
March 2008, ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Thinking About Movies, Third Edition is a comprehensive guide for students and movie lovers who want to learn how to watch movies critically and analytically. Intended for the beginner, the text offers the critical building blocks required to understand film as an important narrative and cultural form.

  • Guides readers through basic approaches to film analysis such as authorship, genre, race, class, gender, film theory, audience, and reception
  • Updated to include discussion of a diverse selection of classic and recent films, from Citizen Kane and Murder, My Sweet to Crash and King Kong
  • Features new coverage of important current trends in the industry, and recent developments in film theory and criticism
  • Accompanied by a website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/lehman featuring resources for both academics and students
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Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1. Introduction.

Fatal Attraction and Scarface.

2. Narrative Structure.

Jurassic Park and Rashomon.

3. Formal Analysis.

Rules of the Game and The Sixth Sense.

4. Authorship.

The Searchers and Jungle Fever.

5. Genres.

Sin City and Gunfight at the OK Corral.

6. Series, Sequels, and Remakes.

Goldfinger and King Kong 1933 and 2005.

7. Actors and Stars.

Morocco and Dirty Harry.

8. Audiences and Reception.

A Woman of Paris and The Crying Game.

9. Film and the Other Arts.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Nosferatu.

10. Film and its Relation to Radio and Television.

Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Peter Gunn, and Victor/Victoria.

11. Realism and Theories of Film.

The Battleship Potemkin and Umberto D.

12. Gender and Sexuality.

The Silence of the Lambs and American Gigolo.

13. Race.

Out of the Past, LA Confidential, and Boyz N the Hood.

14. Class.

Pretty Woman and The People Under the Stairs.

15. Citizen Kane: An Analysis.

Citizen Kane.

16. Globalization, Digitalization, Convergence: Current Trends.

The Matrix.

Glossary.

Index

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Peter Lehman is Director of the Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture at Arizona State University, Tempe. He is author of Roy Orbison: The Invention of an Alternative Rock Masculinity (2003) and Running Scared: Masculinity and the Representation of the Male Body, New Edition (2007), and editor of Pornography: Film and Culture (2006). He is former president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.


William Luhr is Professor of English at Saint Peter’s College. Among other works, he is author of Raymond Chandler and Film (2nd edn., 1991), editor The Maltese Falcon: John Huston, Director (1995), and co-editor of Screening Genders (2008). He is Co-Chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation.

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  • A fully revised new edition of this popular textbook that teaches readers how to watch movies critically and analytically
  • Guides readers through basic approaches to film analysis such as authorship, genre, race, class, gender, film theory, audience, and reception
  • Updated to include discussion of a diverse selection of classic and recent films, from Citizen Kane and Murder, My Sweet to Crash and King Kong
  • Features new coverage of important current trends in the industry, and recent developments in film theory and criticism
  • Accompanied by a website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/lehman featuring resources for both academics and students
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“What is most striking is the structure of the text. [Its] relationship to other media is also a welcome addition to this study. THINKING ABOUT MOVIES is an effective text for an introductory film course at the college level. It offers many good insights, and is filled with interesting essays on a variety of cinematic genres.” (RogueCinema.com, December 2008)

"This is one of the most well-informed and clearly written books for introducing students to the study of film."
Dr. Aaron Baker, Arizona State University

"Film instructors will welcome the third edition of Lehman and Luhr's textbook: consistently jargon-free, readable, accessible and clear-headed in a way that will engage undergraduates' interest and excitement."
–Dr. Robert Eberwein, Oakland University

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