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Film Analysis. A Casebook

  • ID: 2936149
  • Book
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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From the days of the silent classics to the modern cinematic era, films have both entertained audiences and served as artistic forms of self–expression for their creators. But what are movies
really about?
Film Analysis: A Casebook presents a highly accessible introduction to the major themes and central issues of film analysis through close readings of 25 historically significant films from around the world. Featuring in–depth analyses of classic international films ranging from the 1922 German Expressionist masterpiece
Nosferatu and Kazan s
On the Waterfront up to the recent Turkish drama
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, noted author and film critic Bert Cardullo reveals how filmmakers throughout cinematic history have utilized the resources of the medium to pursue complex, significant human goals in their personal, often independent films. All films examined also include credits, images, bibliographies, and director filmographies; and there is a general bibliography of film analysis along with suggested topics for writing and further discussion. With its richly revealing treatment of classic cinematic treasures,
Film Analysis: A Casebook represents an indispensable resource for cinema scholars and enthusiasts alike who wish to better understand this complex and culturally resonant art form.
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Preface vii

Chapter 1. F. W. Murnau s Nosferatu (1922, Germany) 1

Chapter 2. Jean Renoir s La Grande Illusion (1937, France) 12

Chapter 3. Carl–Theodor Dreyer s Day of Wrath (1943, Denmark) 23

Chapter 4. Vittorio De Sica s Shoeshine (1946, Italy) 34

Chapter 5. Jacques Tati s Mr. Hulot s Holiday (1953, France) 42

Chapter 6. Elia Kazan s On the Waterfront (1954, USA) 52

Chapter 7. Agnès Varda s La Pointe Courte (1954, France) 60

Chapter 8. Jack Clayton s Room at the Top (1959, England) 69

Chapter 9. Michelangelo Antonioni s L Avventura (1960, Italy) 80

Chapter 10. Ingmar Bergman s Winter Light (1962, Sweden) 91

Chapter 11. Jiøí Menzel s Closely Watched Trains (1966, Czechoslovakia) 98

Chapter 12. Mike Nichols The Graduate (1967, USA) 108

Chapter 13. Fred Schepisi s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978, Australia) 120

Chapter 14. Rainer Werner Fassbinder s The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979, Germany) 131

Chapter 15. Shohei Imamura s Vengeance Is Mine (1979, Japan) 140

Chapter 16. Idrissa Ouédraogo s Yaaba (1989, Burkina Faso) 151

Chapter 17. Aki Kaurismäki s The Match Factory Girl (1989, Finland) 158

Chapter 18. Zhang Yimou s Ju Dou (1990, China) 166

Chapter 19. Sergei Bodrov s Prisoner of the Mountains (1996, Russia) 174

Chapter 20. Abbas Kiarostami s A Taste of Cherry (1997, Iran) 186

Chapter 21. Atom Egoyan s The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Canada) 197

Chapter 22. Jean–Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne s The Son (2002, Belgium) 209

Chapter 23. Carlos Reygadas Battle in Heaven (2005, Mexico) 217

Chapter 24. Corneliu Porumboiu s Police, Adjective (2009, Romania) 226

Chapter 25. Nuri Bilge Ceylan s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011, Turkey) 236

Film Credits and Directors Filmographies 248

Topics for Writing and Discussion 269

Glossary of Film Terms 275

Bibliography: Film Analysis 281

Index 284
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Bert Cardullo is a retired professor of Film Studies who taught for thirty–five years in the United States as well as Finland and Turkey. A former film critic for the
Hudson Review in New York, Cardullo is also the author, editor, or translator of numerous books, including
Stage and Screen: Adaptation Theory from 1916 to 2000 (2012),
Soundings on Cinema: Speaking to Film and Film Artists (2008),
In Search of Cinema: Writings on International Film Art (2004), and
Bazin at
Work (1997).
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