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  • ISBN: 9780253212320
  • ISBN10: 0253212324

Inside the Gaze The Fiction Film and Its Spectator

by Francesco Casetti

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/1999
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Drawing on the crucial insight of contemporary cinematic theory that films actively create -- rather than merely gratify -- the spectators who view them, Casetti probes the complex interrelationship between film and viewer, coalescing key concepts from semiotics and psychoanalysis. First published in Italian in 1986 and now translated for the first time into English, this volume is primarily a theoretical tract, but it affords substantial commentary on individual films by directors such as Antonioni, Hitchcock, Buuel (Bunuel), Welles, and others. Interested not only in how films invent spectators and the reverse, but in how viewers carry films out into the recesses of their lives, Casetti approaches his task in a manner described by his mentor and fellow theorist Christian Metz as science... wrapped in a thin film of poetry or reverie. Hence, the text is by turns straightforward and metaphorical. With its helpful introductions by Metz and Dudley Andrew, and an author's note to the English edition, this translation will add much to the repertoire of film scholarship at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. It is too specialized for beginning undergraduates and novice general readers.L. Babener, Central Washington University, Choice, December 1999
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