European Film Theory and Cinema: A Critical Introduction (Paperback)

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European Film Theory and Cinema explores the major film theories and movements within European cinema since the early 1900s. An original and critically astute study, it considers film theory within the context of the intellectual climate of the last two centuries. Ian Aitkin focuses particularly on the two major traditions that dominate European film theory and cinema: the intuitionist modernist and realist tradition and the post-Saussurian tradition. The first originates in a philosophical lineage that encompasses German idealist philosophy, romanticism, phenomenology, and the Frankfurt School. Early intuitionist modernist film culture and later theories and practices of cinematic realism are shown to be part of one continuous tradition. The post-Saussurian tradition includes semiotics, structuralism, and post-structuralism.

About the Author

Ian Aitken is a Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University. He is author of The Documentary Film Movement and The Cinema of Alberto Cavalcanti.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780253215055
ISBN-10: 0253215056
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2001
Pages: 280
Language: English