Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies
Film theory no longer gets top billing or plays a starring role in film studies today, as critics proclaim that theory is dead and we are living in a post-theory moment. While theory may be out of the limelight, it remains an essential key to understanding the full complexity of cinema, one that should not be so easily discounted or discarded.
In this volume, contributors explore recent popular movies through the lens of film theory, beginning with industrial-economic analysis before moving into a predominately aesthetic and interpretive framework. The Hollywood films discussed cover a wide range from 300 to Fifty First Dates, from Brokeback Mountain to Lord of the Rings, from Spider-Man 3 to Fahrenheit 9/11, from Saw to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and much more. Individual essays consider such topics as the rules that govern new blockbuster franchises, the ‘posthumanist realism’ of digital cinema, video game adaptations, increasingly restricted stylistic norms, the spatial stories of social networks like YouTube, the mainstreaming of queer culture, and the cognitive paradox behind enjoyable viewing of traumatic events onscreen.
With its cast of international film scholars, Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies demonstrates the remarkable contributions theory can offer to film studies and moviegoers alike.
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6.1 Historical survey of Average Shot Length (ASL) in American commercial
cinema 1940–1999 6.2 The proportions of shots of different scale (or closeness)
6.3 Average Shot Length of American films released between 1982 and 1987 ...
David Rodowick has written an elegy for Film Theory—the most visible and
privileged of all humanities theories. But Rodowick wants to liberate theory from
the scientism of cognitive and analytic approaches to film, and renew the need for
use of abstract terminology (due to another Norman invasion, this time of the USA
in 19666) does not in itself invalidate film theory; it merely means that a number
of apprentice scholars in both the UK and USA were seduced by the theoretical ...
fields model different sectors of film's non-observable underlying structures,
depending on the absent causes they examine: ... (The problem with film theory
terminology is primarily a problem with the indeterminacy of reference, as well as
... and represent “in-between” states (29) of impure unstable identities and
shifting boundaries. The contributors to this volume demonstrate that, although
theory has become established, constitutes the horizon line, it has not become