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Qty :. First published in , 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.
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Signs and Meaning in the Cinema
The British Film Institute exists to promote appreciation, enjoyment, protection and development of moving image culture in and throughout the whole of the United Kingdom. The general purpose of this book is to suggest a number of avenues by which the outstanding problems of film aesthetics might be fruitfully approached. My guiding principle has been that the study of film does not necessarily have to take place in a world of its own, a closed and idiosyncratic universe of discourse from which all alien concepts and methods are expelled. The study of film must keep pace with and be responsive to changes and developments in the study of other media, other arts, other modes of communication and expression. For much too long film aesthetics and film criticism, in the Anglo-Saxon countries at least, have been privileged zones, private reserves in which thought has developed along its own lines, haphazardly, irrespective of what goes on in the larger realm of ideas.
Peter Wollen 29 June — 17 December was a film theorist and filmmaker.
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Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. First published in , 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.
La Politique des Auteurs in Briti This essay charts the emergence of auteur structuralism in Britain from and the polemical debates that erupted between its adherents Jim Kitses, Peter Wollen, Alan Lovell on the one hand, and Robin Wood, a defender of traditional auteur theory, on the other. The essay considers the epistemological values behind the debate, and ends by outlining the incompatible types of knowledge and evidence each side in the debate held. La politique des auteurs is a narrowly focused, evaluative form of film criticism that not only privileges the work of directors over other above-the-line filmmakers screenwriters, cinematographers, producers, etc. Whereas an empiricist epistemology posits its object of study as pre-existing already formed objects that generate knowledge when they are correctly observed, identified, and catalogued , the object of study in a constructivist epistemology is not given in advance and cannot, therefore, simply be observed, but is an abstract entity that needs to be constructed or modeled. The constructivist does not discover a specific object of study, but instead constructs it, for this object is defined as being inaccessible to perception. Focus shifts to the significance of methodologies, for linguists need to follow the same methods in order to constitute the same object of study.
T he existential value of the work of art, as a declaration about being, cannot be extracted from the adherent signals alone its symbolism , nor from the self-signals alone the medium. The self-signals taken alone prove only existence; adherent signals taken in isolation prove only the presence of meaning. Recent movements in artistic practice stress self-signals alone, as in abstract expressionism; conversely, recent art scholarship has stressed adherent signals alone, as in iconography.