A house made of light : essays on the art of film.

Toles, George E.

ISBN 10: 0814329454 / ISBN 13: 9780814329450
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Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2001. Hardcover. 363 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Condition : very good. ISBN 9780814329450[KEYWORDS: FILM, Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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When the lights go down and the film starts to roll, we give ourselves over to the magic of movies. But as George Toles observes, what we experience in this house of light may strike closer to home than we imagine.

In eleven essays, Toles combines aesthetic inquiry with a psychology of spectatorship to illuminate the dialogue between sentiment and irony that unfolds in every good movie. Reflecting a literary critic's and professional screenwriter's ongoing love affair with cinema, each essay plunges the reader into the experience of one or more films, inviting us to ponder the nature and implications of that experience. Toles considers a wide variety of film experience, from Frank Capra to the Coen brothers to Alfred Hitchcock.

However escapist a trip to the movies might be, says Toles, there is no escaping some version of "home" in every film experience. Toles examines important homes-from the cottage in Random Harvest to the foreboding Bates house in Psycho-to suggest that the house of film is a frame we long to enter in the spirit of homecoming but one that we cannot possess any more securely than the lost home of our beginnings. As film study marks a return to art-centered criticism, A House Made of Light breaks new ground in its assessment of the creation-and enjoyment-of movies.

Inhaltsangabe: An examination of how the escapism offered by movies is really a form of homecoming for the viewer.

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Verlag: Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, (2001)
ISBN 10: 0814329462 ISBN 13: 9780814329467
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Buchbeschreibung Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 2001. Broschiert. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. 363 S. mit Abb. Sehr gutes Ex. - Acknowledgments -- Introduction: A House Made of Light -- Part I: SENTIMENTS OF WAR AND PEACE -- .Being Well-Lost in Film -- .No Bigger than Zuzu's Petals: Dreaming the Real -- in It's a Wonderful Life -- .Thinking about Movie Sentiment: Toward a Reading -- of Random Harvest -- .On a Train to the Kingdom of Earth: Watching De Sica's -- Children -- Part II: THREE FACES OF HITCHCOCK -- ."If Thine Eye Offend Thee . . .": Psycho and the Art -- of Infection -- .Rear Window as Critical Allegory -- .Mother Calls the Shots: Hitchcock's Female Gaze -- Part III: CRUEL PLEASURES AND THE LIMITS OF IRONY -- .This May Hurt a Little: The Art of Humiliation -- in Film -- .Obvious Mysteries in Fargo -- .Drowning for Love: Jean-Claude Lauzon's Léolo -- .From Archangel to Mandragora in Your Own Backyard: -- Collaborating with Guy Maddin -- Notes Index -- "George Toles is one of the most gifted film critics in the English language, and his screenplays for director Guy Maddin have resulted in truly impressive motion pictures. It's a great pleasure to have his brilliant essays in a single volume. These are classic statements about the art of film, and they deserve the widest possible audience." - "These essays are wonderfully intelligent meditations that take the reader into areas rarely explored by film criticism, and they are particularly notable for a kind of passionate and persistent attention to detail, thought, and feeling. The essay on Psycho is one of the very best ever written on that film. George Toles' criticism is— and I use the word advisedly—inspiring." - George Toles is a screenwriter and the chair of film studies and professor of English at the University of Manitoba. He has written screenplays for a number of Guy Maddin films, including Careful and Twilight of the Ice Nymphs. - CONTEMPORARY FILM AND TELEVISION SERIES. ISBN 0814329462 Wir versenden am Tag der Bestellung von Montag bis Freitag. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 550. Artikel-Nr. 919234

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