- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-1-7849-9138-8
- Pages: 392
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £11.99
- Published Date: May 2016
- BIC Category: The arts / Film theory & criticism, Film and Media, Film history, theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
- Series: Beginnings
Beginning film studies offers the ideal introduction to this vibrant subject. Written accessibly and with verve, it ranges across the key topics and manifold approaches to film studies. Andrew Dix has thoroughly updated the first edition, and this new volume includes new case studies, overviews of recent developments in the discipline, and up-to-the-minute suggestions for further reading.
The book begins by considering some of film's formal features - mise-en-scène, editing and sound - before moving outwards to narrative, genre, authorship, stardom and ideology. Later chapters on film industries and on film consumption - where and how we watch movies - assess the discipline's recent geographical 'turn'.
The book references many film cultures, including Hollywood, Bollywood and contemporary Hong Kong. Case studies cover such topics as sound in The Great Gatsby and narrative in Inception. The superhero movie is studied; so too is Jennifer Lawrence. Beginning film studies is also interactive, with readers enabled throughout to reflect critically upon the field.
1. Seeing film: mise-en-scène
2. Film editing: theories and histories
3. Hearing film: sound and music
4. Film and narrative
5. Film and genre
6. Film and authorship
7. Star studies
8. Film and ideology
9. Film industries
10. Film consumption
Andrew Dix is Lecturer in American Studies at Loughborough University