Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television

The Structure of Complex Images

Authors: Ray, Robert B.

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  • Offers a series of meditations on problems and questions in the field of film studies
  • Opens with a provocative overview of the discipline before offering a compelling argument for film scholars to relinquish their overreliance on familiar theoretical frameworks and predictable critical models
  • Provides a series of revelatory close readings of a number of classic films
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After over a century of existence, the cinema still has its mysteries.  Why, for example, is the job we call movie stardom unlike any other in the world?  How do films provide so much unconcealed information that we fail to notice?  What makes it hard to define what counts as “acting”?  How do movies like Casablanca and Breathless store the film and world histories of their generations?  How can we reconcile auteurism’s celebration of the movie director’s authority with the camera’s automatism?  Why have the last four decades of film criticism so often neglected such questions?  After beginning with an overview of film studies, this book proposes a shift from predictable theoretical approaches to models that acknowledge the perplexities and mysteries of the movies.  Deriving methods from cinephilia, Wittgenstein, Richard Rorty, Stanley Cavell, Eleanor Duckworth, V. F. Perkins, and James Naremore, Robert B. Ray offers close readings that call attention to what we have missed in such classic films as La Règle du Jeu, It Happened One Night, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Holiday, The Philadelphia Story, Casablanca, Breathless, and Tickets.

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Robert B. Ray is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA.  He is the author of A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema: 1930-1980, The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy, How a Film Theory Got Lost and Other Mysteries in Cultural Studies, The ABCs of Classic Hollywood, and Walden X 40.  He is also a member of The Vulgar Boatmen, whose records include You and Your Sister, Please Panic, Opposite Sex, and Wide Awake.


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Structure of Complex Images
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-40631-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-40631-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-40630-1
Series ISSN
2634-6133
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 259
Number of Illustrations
26 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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