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Interpretation and Film Studies

Movie Made Meanings

Authors: Novak, Phil

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  • Argues for more attention to be paid to the interpretation of individual films and for the value of such work
  • Explores the history of four influential film journals
  • Offers extended analysis The Graduate, Red Desert, Chinatown, and Memento
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This book argues that the sustained interpretation of individual movies has, contrary to conventional wisdom, never been a major preoccupation of film studies—that, indeed, the field is marked by a dearth of effective, engaging, and enlightening critical analyses of single films. The book makes this case by surveying what has been written about four historically important and well-known movies (D. W. Griffith’s Way Down East, Marcel Carné’s Port of Shadows, Mike Nichols’s The Graduate, and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert), none of which has been the focus of sustained critical attention, and by exhaustively examining the kinds of work published in four influential film journals (Cinema Journal, Screen, Wide Angle, and Movie).  The book goes on to argue for the value of the work of interpretation, illustrating this value through extended analyses of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Christopher Nolan’s Memento, both of which thematize interpretation. Novak demonstrates the causes and consequences of reading poorly and the importance of reading well.  


About the authors

Phillip Novak is Associate Professor in the English department and the Department of Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York.  He has published articles on both film and literature in PMLA, Criticism, Journal of Film and Video, and elsewhere.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: The (Non)Intersections of Film and Literary Studies

    Pages 1-18

    Novak, Phillip

  • Forms of Critical Neglect: The Cases of Griffith’s Way Down East (1920) and Carné’s Port of Shadows (Le Quai des brumes, 1938)

    Pages 21-37

    Novak, Phillip

  • Making the Future “Different”: The Politics of Nichols’s The Graduate (1967)

    Pages 39-65

    Novak, Phillip

  • Artistic Solutions to Sociological Problems: Seeing (with) Giuliana in Antonioni’s Red Desert (Il deserto rosso, 1964)

    Pages 67-88

    Novak, Phillip

  • The Work of Film Studies: An Analysis of Four Journals

    Pages 89-122

    Novak, Phillip

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interpretation and Film Studies
Book Subtitle
Movie Made Meanings
Authors
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
978-3-030-44739-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44739-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44738-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 252
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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