Film Theory

Creating a Cinematic Grammar

Felicity Colman

Wallflower Press

Film Theory

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Pub Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9780231169738

144 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9780231850605

144 Pages

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Film Theory

Creating a Cinematic Grammar

Felicity Colman

Wallflower Press

Film Theory addresses the core concepts and arguments created or used by academics, critical film theorists, and filmmakers, including the work of Dudley Andrew, Raymond Bellour, Mary Ann Doane, Miriam Hansen, bell hooks, Siegfried Kracauer, Raul Ruiz, P. Adams Sitney, Bernard Stiegler, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. This volume takes the position that film theory is a form of writing that produces a unique cinematic grammar; and like all grammars, it forms part of the system of rules that govern a language, and is thus applicable to wider range of media forms. In their creation of authorial trends, identification of the technology of cinema as a creative force, and production of films as aesthetic markers, film theories contribute an epistemological resource that connects the technologies of filmmaking and film composition. This book explores these connections through film theorisations of processes of the diagrammatisation (the systems, methodologies, concepts, histories) of cinematic matters of the filmic world.
Succint yet detailed, comprehensive, engaging and entertaining, this volume astutely charts the importance and continuing relevance of theory for film studies. It is also polemical and original insofar as it debunks a range of misconceptions relating to film theory, while also offering insights into challenging new theoretical domains. Richard Rushton, Lancaster University
In her concise but also unconventional account Colman challenges readers, refusing to shy away from film theory's complexity or from deliberate provocation... Refreshing... Impressive... New Review of Film and Television
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Written Matter of a Cinematic Grammar
1. Models
2. Technology
3. Spectators
Conclusion: Film Theory as Practice
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Felicity Colman is reader in screen media at the Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is the author of Deleuze and Cinema: The Film Concepts (2011) and the editor of Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers (2009).