Films and Feelings Raymond Durgnat

ISBN: 9780262540162

Published: August 15th 1971

Paperback

288 pages


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Films and Feelings  by  Raymond Durgnat

Films and Feelings by Raymond Durgnat
August 15th 1971 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780262540162 | 6.66 Mb

Raymond Durgnat here examines literally hundreds of films-- from Birth of a Nation to those of the 1960s, from Hollywood smashes to avant garde obscurities, from all parts of the world-- in an effort to isolate universals of the language of filmsMoreRaymond Durgnat here examines literally hundreds of films-- from Birth of a Nation to those of the 1960s, from Hollywood smashes to avant garde obscurities, from all parts of the world-- in an effort to isolate universals of the language of films and to loft their poetics to an articulate level.Beyond what interest it may possess as a collection of different cinematic topics, this text is offered also as a basis for re-exploring an art-form which seems to pose certain aesthetic problems more insistently than other media have done.In addition to the cross-references among a large number of films, a few are selected for extended analysis.

These full-length features include Cocteaus Orphee, Hitchcocks Psycho, Chabrols Les Cousins, Rays Johnny Guitar, and Newmans This Island Earth. His succinct synopsis of the running plot functions as an analysis of it- thus, much of the critical insight is in the form of entertaining narrative.The book is divided into four sections.

The first is concerned with the union of film style and film content. The second treats the connection between the film as an entertainment and as a picture of reality, suggesting that even films that are unabashedly escapist are really rooted in, and comment on, the inescapable facts of social life. The third section attempts to close the gap between the popular responses and those of high culture. This is not a surrender to the mob and to the moguls.The authors standards are more stringent than those of the permissive camp followers and pop critics.

The final section produces further evidence of the existence of cinematic poetry in the commercial movie.



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