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European Film Theory and Cinema

A Critical Introduction

Ian Aitken

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European Film Theory and Cinema: A Critical Introduction explores the major film theories and cinema movements within European cinema from the 1900s onwards. The content of the book is organised around two major traditions which dominate European film theory and cinema: the 'intuitionist modernist and realist' tradition and the 'post-Saussurian' tradition. The first of these is located within a philosophical lineage which encompasses German idealist philosophy, romanticism, phenomenology, and the Frankfurt School. Early intuitionist modernist film culture and later theories and practices of cinematic realism are shown to be part of one continuous tradition. The post-Saussurian tradition includes semiotics, structuralism and post-structuralism.

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1. Didacticism and Intuition in Russian Formalism and Weimar Film Theory
2. Determinism and Symbolism in the Film Theory of Eisenstein
3. Aestheticism and Engagement in Weimar Cinematic Modernism and Soviet Montage Cinema
4. Into the Realm of the Wondrous: French Cinematic Impressionism
5. The World Well Lost: From Structuralism to Relativism
6. From Political Modernism to Postmodernism
7. The Redemption of Physical Reality: Theories of Realism in Grierson, Kracauer, Bazin and Lukacs
8. Late European Cinema and Realism
9. Post-war Italian and Spanish Realist Cinema

About the Author

Ian Aitken is Professor of Film Studies at the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University. His most recent publications include Hong Kong Documentary Film (Edinburgh: EUP, 2014), and Lukácsian Film Theory and Cinema: An Analysis of Georg Lukács’ Writings on Film 1913-1971 (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2012).

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