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Author Wollen, Peter, author

Title Signs and meaning in the cinema / Peter Wollen ; with a foreword by D. N. Rodowick
Edition Fifth Edition
Published London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 272 pages) : illustrations
Contents Foreword to the 5th Edition / D. N. Rodowick -- Introduction -- 1: Eisenstein's Aesthetic -- 2: The Auteur Theory -- 3: The Semiology of the Cinema -- Conclusion (1972) -- Appendices: The Writings of Lee Russell: New Left Review (1964-7) -- Conclusion (1969) -- Style and Aesthetics (1969) -- Pantheon Directors (1969) -- Afterword (1997): Lee Russell Interviews Peter Wollen -- Booklist (1972) -- Acknowledgments (1969) -- Editorial Note (2013) -- List of Illustrations
Summary "First published in 1969, Signs and Meaning in the Cinema transformed the emerging discipline of film studies. Remarkably eclectic and informed, Peter Wollen's highly influential and groundbreaking work remains a brilliant and accessible theorisation of film as an art form and as a sign system. The book is divided into three main sections. The first explores the work of Sergei Eisenstein as film-maker, designer and aesthetician. The second, which contains a celebrated comparison of the films of John Ford and Howard Hawks, is an exposition and defence of the auteur theory. The third formulates a semiology of the cinema, invoking cinema as an exemplary test-case for comparative aesthetics and general theories of signification. Wollen's Conclusion argues for an avant-garde cinema, bringing post-structuralist ideas into his discussion of Godard and other contemporaries. Published as part of the BFI Silver series, this fifth edition features a new foreword by film theorist David Rodowick and brings together material from the four previous editions, inviting the reader to trace the development of Wollen's thinking, and the unfolding of the discourse of cinema"--Bloomsbury Screen Studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Originally published: British Film Institute 1969. Digital resource published 2019
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Subject Eisenstein, Sergei, 1898-1948 -- Criticism and interpretation
Eisenstein, Sergei, 1898-1948
Motion pictures -- Aesthetics.
Motion pictures -- History.
Auteur theory (Motion pictures)
Motion pictures -- Semiotics.
Semiotics and motion pictures.
Semiotics and motion pictures
Auteur theory (Motion pictures)
Motion pictures
Motion pictures -- Aesthetics
Motion pictures -- Semiotics
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Rodowick, David Norman, writer of supplementary textual content
ISBN 9781838710408