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For fifteen years before his untimely death, Andrew Britton produced a body of undeniably brilliant film criticism that has been largely ignored within academic circles. Though Britton’s writings are extraordinary in their depth and range and are closely attuned to the nuances of the texts they examine, his humanistic approach was at odds with typical theory-based film scholarship. Britton on Film demonstrates that Britton’s humanism is also his strength, as it presents all of his published writings together for the first time, including Britton’s persuasive readings of such important Hollywood films as Meet Me in St. Louis, Spellbound, and Now, Voyager and of key European filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein, Jean-Luc Godard, and Bernardo Bertolucci. Renowned film scholar and editor Barry Keith Grant has assembled all of Britton’s published essays of film criticism and theory for this volume, spanning the late 1970s to the early 1990s. The essays are arranged by theme: Hollywood cinema, Hollywood movies, European cinema, and film and cultural theory. In all, twenty-eight essays consider such varied films as Hitchcock’s Spellbound, Jaws, The Exorcist, and Mandingo and topics as diverse as formalism, camp, psychoanalysis, imperialism, and feminism. Included are such well-known and important pieces as “Blissing Out: The Politics of Reaganite Entertainment” and “Sideshows: Hollywood in Vietnam,” among the most perceptive discussions of these two periods of Hollywood history yet published. In addition, Britton’s critiques of the ideology of Screen and Wisconsin formalism display his uncommon grasp of theory even when arguing against prevailing critical trends. An introduction by influential film critic Robin Wood, who was also Britton’s teacher and friend, begins this landmark collection. Students and teachers of film studies as well as general readers interested in film and American popular culture will enjoy Britton on Film.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Andrew Britton and the Future of Film Criticism
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Part One: Hollywood Cinema
  2. p. 1
  1. Cary Grant: Comedy and Male Desire
  2. pp. 3-23
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  1. A New Servitude: Bette Davis, Now, Voyager, and the Radicalism of the Woman’s Film
  2. pp. 24-63
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  1. The Devil, Probably: The Symbolism of Evil
  2. pp. 64-73
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  1. Sideshows: Hollywood in Vietnam
  2. pp. 74-96
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  1. Blissing Out: The Politics of Reaganite Entertainment
  2. pp. 97-154
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  1. Part Two: Hollywood Movies
  2. p. 155
  1. Meet Me in St. Louis: Smith, or The Ambiguities
  2. pp. 157-174
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  1. Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound: Text and Countertext
  2. pp. 175-193
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  1. Detour
  2. pp. 194-205
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  1. Notes on Pursued
  2. pp. 206-218
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  1. The Family in The Reckless Moment
  2. pp. 219-231
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  1. Betrayed by Rita Hayworth: Misogyny in The Lady from Shanghai
  2. pp. 232-242
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  1. The Exorcist
  2. pp. 243-247
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  1. Jaws
  2. pp. 248-251
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  1. Mandingo
  2. pp. 252-272
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  1. 10
  2. pp. 273-276
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  1. The Great Waldo Pepper
  2. pp. 277-280
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  1. The Other Side of Midnight
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Part Three: European Cinema
  2. p. 285
  1. Sexuality and Power, or the Two Others
  2. pp. 287-311
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  1. Their Finest Hour: Humphrey Jennings and the British Imperial Myth of World War II
  2. pp. 312-323
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  1. Metaphor and Mimesis: Madame de . . .
  2. pp. 324-343
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  1. Thinking about Father: Bernardo Bertolucci
  2. pp. 344-357
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  1. Living Historically: Two Films by Jean-Luc Godard
  2. pp. 358-375
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  1. “Foxed”: Fox and His Friends
  2. pp. 376-380
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  1. Part Four: Film and Cultural Theory
  2. p. 381
  1. In Defense of Criticism
  2. pp. 383-387
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  1. For Interpretation: Notes Against Camp
  2. pp. 388-393
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  1. The Ideology of Screen
  2. pp. 394-434
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  1. The Philosophy of the Pigeonhole: Wisconsin Formalism and “The Classical Style”
  2. pp. 435-467
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  1. The Myth of Postmodernism: The Bourgeois Intelligentsia in the Age of Reagan
  2. pp. 468-496
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  1. Consuming Culture: The Development of a Theoretical Orthodoxy
  2. pp. 497-511
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  1. Invisible Eye
  2. pp. 512-516
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 517-521
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814335505
Related ISBN
9780814333631
MARC Record
OCLC
835415368
Pages
560
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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