Film A Montage of Theories Author:Richard Dyer MacCann This book is for film makers, of course, and for critics and teachers and students of the film. It is also for fans, whose enthusiasm for star or story may actually be related to deeper sources of satisfaction in the art of the film. — The theories conflict. Those who love movies should not be upset by the fact that there seem to be deep contradi... more »ctions in these 39 articles. What kind of aesthetic theory can reconcile realism and fantasy, entertainment and education, mysteries and musicals, slapstick and spectacle? The storm over style and content in the film will rage forever, for theory should open up debate and controversy, leading in turn to new theory, or to experiment and action.
Here is a sampling of the contents:
Sergei Eisenstein: Collision of Ideas
Dudley Nichols: The Writer and the Film
Ingmar Bergman: Film Has Nothing To Do With Literature
Bela Balazs: The Faces of Men
Mack Sennett: Cloud-Cuckoo Country
Arnold Hauser: Space and Time in the Film
John Grierson: First Principles of Documentary
Carl Dreyer: Thoughts on My Craft
Jonas Mekas: Notes on the New American Cinema
Pauline Kael: Are Movies Going to Pieces?
Federico Fellini: The Road Beyond Neorealism« less