An Introduction to Film Studies has established itself as the leading textbook for students of cinema. This revised and updated Jill Nelmes. Psychology Press. Introduction to Film Studies is a comprehensive textbook for students of cinema. Lawrence Napper, Jill Nelmes, Patrick Phillips, Suzanne Speidel, Paul Ward. Introduction to Film Studiesis a comprehensive leading textbook for students of Lawrence Napper, Jill Nelmes, Patrick Phillips, Suzanne Speidel, Paul Ward.
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I ntroduction to Film Studies is a comprehensive textbook for students of cinema. This completely revised and updated fifth edition guides students through the key issues and concepts in film studies, traces the historical development of film and introduces some of the worlds key national cinemas.
A range of theories and theorists are presented from Formalism to Feminism, from Eisenstein to Deleuze. Each chapter is written by a subject specialist, including two new authors for the fifth edition.
A wide range of films are analysed and discussed. Reviewed widely by teachers in the field and with a foreword by Bill Nicholsit will be essential reading for any introductory student of film and media studies or the visual arts worldwide.
The book has definitely evolved from its first edition and has a more comprehensive feel, with more detailed summaries of academic arguments and developed references to fields of study that make it useful to return to as your studies advance.
Reading the book I was struck by how things have changed since the appearance of the first edition, and how the editor and contributors have kept up with those changes without losing touch with the rich history of cinema that informs contemporary developments. We will continue to recommend Introduction to Film Studies to our advanced students and it will be required reading at entry level.
Its balance between defining film form terminology and providing a history of film with more current film theories is perfect for the course I teach, which includes film studies concentrators and many generally interested students from other disciplines looking for an elective. The text’s interdisciplinarity allows me to teach film in meaningful ways to a broad array of students. It also strikes a nice balance between providing sometimes difficult concepts in theorists’ original language and explicating the significance of the passages in language students can more comfortably understand.
More practically, each chapter serves as a model of analysis and the questions for discussion, and suggested further readings and viewings as well as related internet resources allow me to construct assignments that engage the students more fully in the areas they are interested. The case studies are perfect for smaller assignments, and the broader theoretical models can be turned into term projects. The text’s applicability of methodology to films and movements as well as other areas of study, e.
An admirable synthesis of historical, social and theoretical considerations of cinema, presented in an engaging and accessible manner. The revised edition keeps up with changes in technology and the discussions of Hollywood are particularly illuminating I highly recommend this text.
Illustrations are plentiful and all important concepts and terminology are accessibly explained. I encourage students to introruction it their top priority reading. The extended range of chapters, which are carefully chosen, display up-to-date scholarship using many recent films and provide a fully rounded and extended introduction to film studies.
It offers a fresh perspective on the subject and in an age belmes by the moving image helps us to navigate some difficult terrain. The fourth edition furthers this study through revising existing chapters and adding critical new research of this compelling medium. Jill Nelmes is a senior lecturer at the University of East London. Her research interests include gender and film and screenwriting.
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Introduction to the Practice of Statistics. Review ” Introduction to Film Studies remains an indispensible text for entry-level students, and is also a very good source of general reference for more advanced students. Harvey O’Brien, University College Dublin, Ireland “Nelmes’ Introduction to Film Studies perfectly combines introducing students to film as an object nelmed study and to the various ways that film can and has been analyzed within the academy.
First Edition “Simply the best introductory volume in the field so far. Routledge; 5 edition November 12, Language: Start reading Introduction to Film Studies on your Kindle in under a minute. Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 6 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering jil right now.
Please try again intgoduction. Good condition with a matchable price. I have the third edition of intgoduction book.
It was my first intro to the whole world of film and film studies. It is written in a very iflm way so it wasn’t hard to enter into the theory and concepts. It gives a good deal of information which can lead you into more advanced reading in the directions of your choice.
The lingo and ideas are mostly all there along with examples. My film studies teacher said it is written for A level or third intorduction grade level students or first year college.
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I used it during my MA course though along with other books. One person found this helpful. The book is very strong on context and easily absorbed hard facts – espeecially for instance Kochberg’s first long section. Here his infectious style, grasp of the essentials and bang up to date comment on the evolving Industry pay dividends.
I have heard him on a lecture tour and he leaves you wanting to make that film – and knowing how to do it! I have ordered the new 3rd addition for the class behind and I will be using it it my tutorials as I approach my own degree deadline. Kochberg is the most articulate contributor — his Intro To Documentary Film is also essential — but the other writers are very strong of core knowledge and context. This excellent Film Studies Introduction — just out now in its 3rd edition at June – is direct, fact filled, challenging to the Intro student and global in its scope and mercifully free of acadenic buzz words.
Intro to Documentary Film. A team book for the student film team.
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I own the Third Edition, which is referenced in the testimonials on Amazon to sell this later edition. I don’t know about later editions, but the Third Edition contains much that is admirable: However, there are also large portions written by Jill Nelmes that are replete with sexist stereotypes of men.
This is appalling in a book supposedly based on thorough scholarship and fair analysis of the facts. The chapter entitled “Gender and Film” says that the central theme of Three Men And A Baby is about man’s desire “to take over and control the reproductive function. Nelmes states that the movie shows ” Nelmes mentions the belief of one writer to support her view, saying that writer “argues that envy of woman and her procreative abllity runs alongside a fear of feminization and a wish to deny woman the role of childbearer and nurturer.
No such evidence is given by Nelmes as an example to support her belief- it is just stated as obvious fact, with the conclusion that, “It is possible, the film shows, for men to respond to the feminist demand for their increased participation in child rearing in such a way as to make women more marginal than ever. Nelmes refers to the World Trade Center as ” The terrorists who murdered thousands of people at the World Trade Center were merely “alienated” from western society — not bigoted or hateful, just “aliented,” which isn’t so bad.
This is insultingly thoughtless stuff, and not at all enlightening about film or about anything else. There are many other passages in the book that promote stereotypes of men – particularly white men – and draw conclusions unsupported by any evidence.
Nelmes opines that, in the film Falling Down, the dysfunctional white male played by Michael Douglas exhibits behavior that becomes more extreme and further out of control as the movie progresses, yet ” Nelmes saw a different version of “Falling Down” than I did, as the version I saw depicts the hopeless white male character as emotionally and physically dangerous to his young daughter and others, even though in his own mind he is doing his daughter a favor.
This is made very obvious in the movie, so it takes a lot of bias to see this particular character as a “hero” in the viewpoint of the film creators and script-writers.
I could go on, but you get the idea by now, I think – and the bias badly detracts from the nelms of the book, which as I said intfoduction contains many less-biased and interesting observations about film history and analysis. It’s too bad that Ms. Nelmes could not keep her own biases out of the book. I will be selling my copy and buying other film studies books as alternatives, when Sturies can.
Wow, everybody should own this book, simply wonderful. I am on my way to becoming a film maker, and this book helped me all the way. Without this book, I am nothing!
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