Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 August 2006

256 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719070013

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Realist film theory and cinema

The nineteenth-century Lukácsian and intuitionist realist traditions

Ian Aitken

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Comprehensive and unique in covering all major realist film theorists including Grierson, Kracauer, Bazin and Lukács, and in linking these 20th century traditions to themes and characteristics of 19th century realism in literature and painting
  • The first book to attempt a rigorous and systematic application of realist film theory to the analysis of particular films
  • The first book to attempt a comparative analysis of the theories of Grierson, Bazin and Kracauer, and also throws new light on Lukács theory of realism, making a clear and novel distinction between his literary and cinematic theories of realism
  • Attempts to establish a new paradigm of film theory around realism, and challenges some of the major contemporary positions in the field
  • Proposes a new approach to film studies based on the development of a new category of realist film research

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