From screen kisses to gender roles, this volume explores the interaction between the movies and the society of which they are a part. Students are introduced to the elements of film - the shot, the cut, the soundtrack - and they are encouraged to think seriously about the means by which these elements shape an audience's understanding of the narrative. On a larger scale, students are asked to consider how a film can influence its viewer even after the last reel has run out - and the way that societal changes radically alter the course of film history.
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Robert Kolker teaches film studies and digital theory and practice at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently the president of the Society for Cinema Studies. He is the author of several books on film. A Cinema of Loneliness: Penn, Kubrick, Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman will soon appear in its third edition. His book on European film, The Altering Eye, is now on the World Wide Web at http://otal.umd.edu/~rkolker/AlteringEye. His first online work combining film analysis with moving images, "The Moving Image Reclaimed," can be found in Postmodern Culture (Volume 5, Number 1, September 1994, at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/postmodern_culture/toc/pmcv005.html. He edited the special film issue of that journal, Volume 8, Number 2, January 1998 http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/postmodern_culture/toc/pmcv008.html#v008.1 Advances, Grants and Royalty payments are paid through Literary Agent - Robert Lieberman (address in "Other Address" tax id# 16-1467985
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