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

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

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Steven Jacobs, Eva Hielscher, Anthony Kinik
July 25, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Color and the Moving Image: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive

Color and the Moving Image: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive

Simon Brown, Sarah Street, Liz Watkins
November 19, 2012

This new AFI Film Reader is the first comprehensive collection of original essays on the use of color in film. Contributors from diverse film studies backgrounds consider the importance of color throughout the history of the medium, assessing not only the theoretical implications of color on the...

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