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Narrative, Apparatus, Ideology: A Film Theory Reader

Edited by Philip Rosen

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November, 1986
Paper, 549 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-05881-0
$39.00 / £27.00

Part 1. Structures of Filmic Narrative

Introduction: The Saussurian Impulse and Cinema Semiotics

1. "Classical Hollywood Cinema: Narrational Principles and Procedures", by David Bordwell

2. "Problems of Denotation in the Fiction Film", by Christian Metz

3. "Segmenting/Analyzing", by Raymond Bellour

4. "The Obvious and the Code", by Raymond Bellour

5. "The Spectator-in-the-Text: The Rhetoric of Stagecoach", by Nick Browne

6. "Godard and Counter-Cinema: Vent d' Est", by Peter Wollen

7. "The Concept of Cinematic Excess", by Kristin Thompson

8. "Uncoded Images in the Heterogeneous Text", by Deborah Linderman

Part 2: Subject, Narrative, Cinema

Introduction: Text and Subject

9. "Diderot, Brecht, Eisenstein", by Roland Barthes

10. "Theory and Film: Principles of Realism and Pleasure", by Colin MacCabe

11. "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema", by Laura Mulvey

12. "Voyeurism, The Look, and Dwoskin",, by Paul Willemen

13. "Suture" (excerpts), by Kaja Silverman

14. "Ellipsis on Dread and the Specular Seduction", by Julia Kristeva

15. "The Imaginary Signifier" (excerpts), by Christian Metz

Part 3: Apparatus


16. "Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus", by Jean-Louis Baudry

17. "The Apparatus: Metapsychological Approaches to the Impression of Reality in Cinema", by Jean-Louis Baudry

18. "The Silences of the Voice", by Pascal Bonitzer

19. "The Voice in the Cinema: The Articulation of Body and Space", by Mary Ann Doane

20. "Acinema", by Jean François Lyotard

21. "Through the Looking-Glass", by Teresa de Lauretis

Part 4: Textuality as Ideology


22. "Narrative Space", by Stephen Heath

23. "Technique and Ideology: Camera, Perspective, Depth of Field" (Parts 3 and 4), by Jean-Louis Comolli

24. "John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln", by Editors of Cahiers du cinéma

25. "Primitivism and the Avant-Gardes: A Dialectical Approach", by Noël Burch

26. "Film Body: An Implantation of Perversions", by Linda Williams

27. "Primary Identification and the Historical Subject: Fassbinder and Germany", by Thomas Elsaesser

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About the Author

Philip Rosen is professor of modern culture and media at Brown University and works in the fields of film theory and history, with special attention to the question of culture and ideology and to historiography and temporality in the contexts of national cinemas. He is the author of Change Mummified: Cinema, Historicity, Theory and coeditor of Cinema Histories, Cinema Practices.

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