This course emphasizes the reading and writing of film criticism. This guide focuses on tools and techniques that aid your discovery and incorporation of the literature of film criticism, both popular and scholarly, into your work for this course.
Subjects: Film StudiesTags: Film Criticism
A large body of critical material, as well as excellent background sources, are published in books and in collections of essays. Here are some sample strategies based on the three large units into which the course is divided (some examples are live links and some are not):
AUTHORSHIP - searching the director as Author and as the Subject (of other people's writing)
Kubrick, Stanley (Kubrick as author/creator of his own works)
--In addition to the director's films, interviews and autobiographical material often appear under the AUTHOR entry in the Library Catalog. Consider using the filters to limit to BOOK and eliminate copies of the films from the results.
Science fiction films, from the original Frankenstein and The Fly to 2001: a space odyssey and Blade Runner (the original), traditionally have been filled with aliens, spaceships, androids, cyborgs, and all sorts of robotic creatures along with their various creators. The popular appeal of these characters is undeniable, but what is the meaning of this generation of creatures? Starting his discussion with the possible source of these creatures, anthropologist and writer Per Schelde identifies the origin of these critters in the folklore of past generations. Continuing in the tradition of ancient folklore, contends Schelde, science fiction film is a fictional account of the ongoing battle between nature and culture.
This outstanding volume offers a clear and critically engaged account of the phenomenon of science fiction. Adam Roberts provides a concise history of science fiction also explaining key concepts in SF criticism and theory...
Offering a broad historical and theoretical reassessment of this popular genre, Christine Cornea explores the development of science fiction in cinema from its very beginnings to 2005. From The Day the Earth Stood Still to Star Wars to The Matrix, each chapter analyzes particular films, situating them within a wider historical/cultural context while also highlighting a specific key thematic issue.
Science Fiction Film examines one of the most enduring and popular genres of Hollywood cinema, suggesting how the science fiction film reflects attitudes toward science, technology, and reason as they have evolved in American culture over the course of the twentieth century.
Film reviews originally published in Variety, the newspaper of the "entertainment" industry since a time before films could talk and recordings were still cylinders! If you wanted to know whether "Hix Nix Pix in Stix" [translation: unsophisticated rural audiences gave a poor reception to a film when it played in theaters outside major cities] before 1995, you had to read Variety.
The New York Times - justly renowned for the writing of its arts and culture critics - has been reviewing commercially released films since the days of the silents, both in short "initial release" reviews and often in subsequent analytical critiques.