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  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $34.00
  • August 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92324-7
  • 1152 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    1. Film

    Film Analysis

    A Norton Reader

    Second Edition


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    Jeffrey Geiger (Editor, University of Essex), R. L. Rutsky (Editor, San Francisco State University)


    Fifty essays on fifty films—by a who’s-who of film studies.

    Film Analysis offers concise analyses of fifty diverse and historically significant films—each written exclusively for the text by a leading scholar. Written with the undergraduate in mind, the essays are clear, readable, and great models for students to follow in helping them to hone their own writing. The Second Edition includes six new essays, a new, detailed guide to writing film analysis, and an extensive, up-to-date glossary of critical film terms.


    A primer for film studies

    The essays in Film Analysis are clear and readable examples of analytical work being done by top scholars today. The essays are sophisticated and meaty, but not overly technical or jargon-heavy, which makes them perfect introductions to their respective films and to the field of film studies in general. In addition to the essays themselves, the editors also provide a new introduction to film analysis, a new guide to writing film analysis, and an extensive glossary of critical terms, completely revised and updated.  

    Exclusive content from top-notch contributors

    All fifty essays (six of which are new to the Second Edition) were written by well-known figures in the field, and were all specially commissioned for this book; instructors won’t find them anywhere else.  

    A new flexible custom option

    With The Norton Mix: Film, instructors can build the book that’s right for them. Instructors can select only the essays from Film Analysis that they want and can easily add material from other Norton film studies texts, such as Writing About Movies, or a chapter from Introduction to Film Genres, to create the perfect textbook for their course. 


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      (essays in bold are new to the Second Edition)



      Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895-1897), Lumière Brothers
      Karin Littau

      A Trip to the Moon (1902), Georges Méliès
      Tom Gunning

      The Birth of a Nation (1915), D. W. Griffith
      Daniel Bernardi

      The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Robert Wiene
      Paul Coates

      Nanook of the North (1922), Robert J. Flaherty
      Jeffrey Geiger

      Sherlock, Jr. (1924), Buster Keaton
      Hal Gladfelder

      Battleship Potemkin (1926), Sergei Eisenstein
      Bill Nichols

      Metropolis (1927), Fritz Lang
      R. L. Rutsky

      Un chien andalou (1929), Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí
      Tom Conley

      It Happened One Night (1934), Frank Capra
      Richard Maltby

      Modern Times (1936), Charlie Chaplin
      Charles J. Maland

      Osaka Elegy (1936), Mizoguchi Kenji
      Joanne Bernardi

      Bringing Up Baby (1938), Howard Hawks
      S. I. Salamensky

      The Rules of the Game (1939), Jean Renoir
      Christopher Faulkner

      Stagecoach (1939), John Ford
      Matthew Bernstein

      Citizen Kane (1941), Orson Welles
      James Naremore

      Casablanca (1942), Michael Curtiz
      Dana Polan

      Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid
      Juan A. Suarez

      Double Indemnity (1944), Billy Wilder
      Gaylyn Studlar

      Rome Open City (1945), Roberto Rossellini
      Marcia Landy

      Bicycle Thieves (1948), Vittorio De Sica
      Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

      The Red Shoes (1948), Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
      Ian Christie

      Rashomon (1950), Kurosawa Akira
      Aaron Kerner

      Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
      Jane Feuer

      Tokyo Story (1953), Ozu Yasujiro
      David Desser

      Rear Window (1954), Alfred Hitchcock
      Elizabeth Cowie

      Seven Samurai (1954), Kurosawa Akira
      Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto

      Pather Panchali (1955), Satyajit Ray
      Neepa Majumdar

      The Seventh Seal (1956), Ingmar Bergman
      Marilyn Johns Blackwell

      The 400 Blows (1959), François Truffaut
      Alastair Phillips

      Breathless (1960), Jean-Luc Godard
      Richard Neupert

      8 1/2 (1963), Federico Fellini
      Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli

      2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanley Kubrick
      Robert Kolker

      The Godfather (1972), Francis Ford Coppola
      Jon Lewis

      Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), Rainer Werner Fassbinder
      Shohini Chaudhuri

      Chinatown (1974), Roman Polanski
      Steve Neale

      The Last Supper (1976), Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
      Gilberto M. Blasini

      Taxi Driver (1976), Martin Scorsese
      Cynthia Fuchs

      Ceddo (1977), Ousmane Sembene
      Philip Rosen

      Peking Opera Blues (1986), Tsui Hark
      Jenny Kwok Wah Lau

      Yeelen (1987), Souleymane Cissé
      N. Frank Ukadike

      Do the Right Thing (1989), Spike Lee
      Sharon Willis

      Close-up (1989), Abbas Kiarostami
      Hamid Naficy

      To Sleep with Anger (1990), Charles Burnett
      Valerie Smith

      Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Zhang Yimou
      Shuqin Cui

      Daughters of the Dust (1991), Julie Dash
      Anna Everett

      Pulp Fiction (1994), Quentin Tarantino
      A. J. Haynes

      All About My Mother (1999), Pedro Almodóvar
      Paul Julian Smith

      In the Mood for Love (2000), Wong Kar Wai
      Gina Marchetti

      Caché (Hidden) (2005), Michael Haneke
      Kevin Sherman

      Film Analysis: Approaches and Strategies

      Glossary of Critical Terms

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