An Introduction to Film Studies
Engaging Cinema emphasizes the interactions between society and cinema and introduces students to film studies as it is actually done by scholars and critics.
In what ways do films influence and interact with society? What social forces determine the kinds of movies that get made? How do movies reinforce—and sometimes overturn—social norms? As societies evolve, do the films that were once considered ‘great’ slip into obscurity? Which ones? Why? These questions, and many others like them, represent the mainstream of scholarly film studies today. In Engaging Cinema, Bill Nichols offers the first book for introductory film students that tackles these topics head-on.
Published in a handy 'trade paperback' format, Engaging Cinema is inexpensive and utterly unique in the field—a perfect complement to or replacement for standard film texts.
Emphasizes the social aspects of cinema
Engaging Cinema offers a brisk and helpful one-chapter overview of the basic principles of film form (and a thorough glossary that includes formal terms and concepts), three chapters on the three major categories of film form (avant-garde, documentary, and narrative fiction film, in that order), and seven chapters on various social aspects of cinema—such as stereotyping, ethnicity, masculinity, feminism, and ideology. No other book devotes this amount of space or attention to the subject.
Reflects the current state of film studies
Engaging Cinema gives beginning students an entree into the world of film studies that is not only understandable and engaging but also an accurate reflection of the sort of work that film scholars do.
A 'real book' look and feel
In a standard paperback trim size, and with no pictures, Engaging Cinema feels and looks like a 'real' book, not a textbook.
An amazing price
Engaging Cinema also has the price of a trade paperback. It's an affordable supplement to or replacement for other reading materials and can be deeply discounted when packaged with any of Norton's film textbooks.
To the Instructor (and the curious student)
Introduction: Some Basic Issues and Concepts
PART I. THE FORMAL CONTEXT
Chapter 1. Film as a Language
Chapter 2. Forms of Cinematic Engagement and the Avant-Garde Film
Chapter 3. Documentary Film
Chapter 4. Story Telling and Narrative Fiction Film
PART II. THE SOCIAL CONTEXT FOR THE STUDY OF FILM
Chapter 5. Three Fundamental Styles: Realism, Modernism, and Postmodernism
Chapter 6. The Institutional and National Contexts: Hollywood and Beyond
Chapter 7. Genre Films
Chapter 8. Ideology and the Cinema
Chapter 9. Race and Ethnicity in Film
Chapter 10. Gender and Masculinity
Chapter 11. Feminism and Film
Part III. THE VIEWER RESPONDS: DOING RESEARCH AND RESPONDING TO FILMS
Chapter 12. Writing and Speaking about Film