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Britton on Film

The Complete Film Criticism of Andrew Britton

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This title collects all published film criticism by Andrew Britton, a singular voice in film studies whose promising career was cut short by his untimely death.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".

Author Biography

Barry Keith Grant is professor of film studies and popular culture at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Documenting the Documentary (Wayne State University Press, 1998), Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman, Film Genre Reader, Film Genre: From Iconography to Ideology, and Auteurs and Authorship: A Film Reader.
Release date Australia
January 15th, 2009
Contributors
Edited by Barry Keith Grant Introduction by Robin Wood
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
18 illustrations
Imprint
Wayne State University Press
Pages
424
Dimensions
178x254x33
ISBN-13
9780814333631
Product ID
3029050

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