- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-8334-1
- Pages: 152
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £85.00
- Published Date: December 2015
- BIC Category: Film history, theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, The arts / Film theory & criticism, Film and Media
This book offers a new approach to filmic point of view by combining close analyses informed by the tools of narratology and philosophy with concepts derived from communication studies.
Each chapter stages a conversation between two masterpieces of classical Hollywood cinema and one critical concept that can enrich our understanding of them: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra, 1936) are interpreted in relation to point of view; Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962) are considered with reference to the concept of distance; and Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls, 1948) and Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939) are explored through the lens of communication. Each encounter reveals new, exciting and mutually illuminating ways of appreciating not only these case studies, but also the critical concepts at stake.
1. Point of view, consciousness and experience
2. Distance, representation and criticism
3. Communication, love and death
Conclusion: categories and conversations
Postscript: education, communication and film studies
James Zborowski is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Hull