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AFI Film Readers


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AFI Film Readers, published in cooperation with the American Film Institute, focus on important issues and themes in film and media scholarship

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Screening Characters: Characterization in Film, Television, and Interactive Media

Screening Characters: Characterization in Film, Television, and Interactive Media

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Johannes Riis, Aaron Taylor
February 01, 2019

The contributors to Screening Characters draw on archival material, interviews, philosophical enquiry, and conceptual analysis in order to give a robust and multifaceted account of characterization in moving image fictions. Areas of investigation include the importance of performer and stars, the...

The City Symphony Phenomenon: Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars

The City Symphony Phenomenon: Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars

1st Edition

Steven Jacobs, Eva Hielscher, Anthony Kinik
August 30, 2018

The 1920s and 1930s saw the rise of the city symphony, an experimental film form that presented the city as protagonist instead of mere decor. Combining experimental, documentary, and narrative practices, these films were marked by a high level of abstraction reminiscent of high-modernist...

Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm: Cinema, Television, and the Archive

Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm: Cinema, Television, and the Archive

1st Edition

Mark Garrett Cooper, Sara Beth Levavy, Ross Melnick, Mark Williams
June 25, 2018

The twentieth century generated tens of thousands of hours of American newsfilm but not the scholarly apparatus necessary to analyze and contextualize them. Assembling new approaches to the study of U.S. newsfilm in cinema and television, this book makes a long overdue critical intervention in the...

Fantasy/Animation: Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres

Fantasy/Animation: Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres

1st Edition

Christopher Holliday, Alexander Sergeant
May 08, 2018

This book examines the relationship that exists between fantasy cinema and the medium of animation. Animation has played a key role in defining our collective expectations and experiences of fantasy cinema, just as fantasy storytelling has often served as inspiration for our most popular animated...

Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy

Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy

1st Edition

Katarzyna Marciniak, Bruce Bennett
March 14, 2017

This collection of essays offers a pioneering analysis of the political and conceptual complexities of teaching transnational cinema in university classrooms around the world. In their exploration of a wide range of films from different national and regional contexts, contributors reflect on the...

New Silent Cinema

New Silent Cinema

1st Edition

Katherine Groo, Paul Flaig
October 05, 2015

With the success of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011) and Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist (2011) nothing seems more contemporary in recent film than the styles, forms, and histories of early and silent cinemas. This collection considers the latest return to silent film alongside the larger historical...

Endangering Science Fiction Film

Endangering Science Fiction Film

1st Edition

Sean Redmond, Leon Marvell
July 08, 2015

Endangering Science Fiction Film explores the ways in which science fiction film is a dangerous and endangering genre. The collection argues that science fiction's cinematic power rests in its ability to imagine ‘Other’ worlds that challenge and disturb the lived conditions of the ‘real’...

Hollywood Puzzle Films

Hollywood Puzzle Films

1st Edition

Warren Buckland
June 02, 2014

From Inception to The Lake House, moviegoers are increasingly flocking to narratologically complex puzzle films. These puzzle movies borrow techniques—like fragmented spatio-temporal reality, time loops, unstable characters with split identities or unreliable narrators—more commonly attributed to...

Cognitive Media Theory

Cognitive Media Theory

1st Edition

Ted Nannicelli, Paul Taberham
March 18, 2014

Across the academy, scholars are debating the question of what bearing scientific inquiry has upon the humanities. The latest addition to the AFI Film Readers series, Cognitive Media Theory takes up this question in the context of film and media studies. This collection of essays by internationally...

The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture

The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture

1st Edition

Tom Brown, Belén Vidal
December 07, 2013

The biographical film or biopic is a staple of film production in all major film industries and yet, within film studies, its generic, aesthetic, and cultural significance has remained underexplored. The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture fills this gap, conceptualizing the biopic with a...

Pervasive Animation

Pervasive Animation

1st Edition

Suzanne Buchan
July 15, 2013

This new addition to the AFI Film Readers series brings together original scholarship on animation in contemporary moving image culture, from classic experimental and independent shorts to digital animation and installation. The collection - that is also a philosophy of animation - foregrounds new...

Media Authorship

Media Authorship

1st Edition

Cynthia Chris, David A. Gerstner
December 10, 2012

Contemporary media authorship is frequently collaborative, participatory, non-site specific, or quite simply goes unrecognized. In this volume, media and film scholars explore the theoretical debates around authorship, intention, and identity within the rapidly transforming and globalized culture...

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