Film Theory & Criticism

Primary Sources   I   Film Theory & Criticism

Theodor W. Adorno and Hanns EislerComposing for the Films (1947).

Alexandre Astruc, "La Caméra-Stylo" (1948, "The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La Caméra-Stylo," trans. Peter Graham, The New Wave, ed. Graham, 1968).

Harry BenshoffMonsters in the Closet (1997).

Rhona BerensteinAttack of the Leading Ladies (1996).

Bascal Bonitzer, "Les Silences de la voix," Cahiers du cinéma (February–March 1977).

Edward R. BraniganNarrative Comprehension and Film (1992).

Royal S. BrownOvertones and Undertones: Reading Film Music (1994).

Noël CarrollA Philosophy of Mass Art (1998).

Noël CarrollTheorizing the Moving Image (1996).

Noël Carroll and David BordwellPost Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies (1996).

Francesco CasettiTeorie del cinema, 1945–1990 (1993, Theories of Cinema, 1945–1995, rev. and enlarged ed., trans. Francesca Chiostri and Elizabeth Bartolini-Salimbeni, 1999).

Michel ChionAudio-Vision: Sound on Screen (ed. and trans. Claudia Gorbman, 1994).

Steven CohanMasked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties (1997).

Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark, eds., Screening the Male: Exploring Masculinities in Hollywood Cinema (1993).

Jean-Luc Comolli and Jean Narboni, "Cinéma/Ideologie/Critique," Cahiers du cinéma (October–November 1969, "Cinema/Ideology/Criticism," Screen13 [1972] reprint in Braudy and Cohen; Nichols, Movies,vol. 1).

Joan Copjec, "The Orthopsychic Subject: Film Theory and the Reception of Lacan," October 49 (1989).

Joan Copjec, ed., Shades of Noir (1993).

Elizabeth CowieRepresenting the Woman: Cinema and Psychoanalysis (1997).

Corey K. Creekmur and Alexander Doty, eds., Out in Culture: Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Essays on Popular Culture (1995).

Gregory CurrieImage and Mind: Film, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science (1995).

Daniel Dayan, "The Tutor Code of Classical Cinema," Film Quarterly 28 (1974, reprint in Braudy and Cohen; Nichols, Movies,vol. 1).

Teresa de LauretisAlice Doesn’t: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema (1984).

Teresa de LauretisThe Practice of Love: Lesbian Sexuality and Perverse Desire (1994).

Teresa de LauretisTechnologies of Gender (1987).

Mantia Diawara, "Black Spectatorship: Problems of Identification and Resistance," Screen 29 (1988, reprint in Braudy and Cohen).

Mary Ann DoaneThe Desire to Desire: The Women’s Film of the 1940s (1987).

Mary Ann Doane, "The Voice in Cinema: The Articulation of Body and Space," Yale French Studies 60 (1980).

Alexander DotyFlaming Classics: Queering the Film Canon (2000).

Alexander DotyMaking Things Perfectly Queer (1993).

Richard Dyer, ed., Gays and Film (1977).

Richard Dyer, ed., White (1997).

Thomas Elsaesser and Adam Barker, eds., Early Cinema: Space, Frame, Narrative (1990).

Patricia Erens, ed., Issues in Feminist Film Criticism (1990).

Caryl FlinnStrains of Utopia: Gender, Nostalgia, and Hollywood Film Music (1992).

Jane Gaines, "White Privilege and Looking Relations: Race and Gender in Feminist Film Theory," Cultural Critique (1986, reprint in Erens).

Jane Gaines and Michael Renov, eds., Collecting Visible Evidence (1999).

Martha Gever, John Greyson, and Pratibha ParmarQueer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video (1993).

Claudia GorbmanUnheard Melodies (1987).

Tom Gunning, "A Cinema of Attractions," Wide Angle 8 (1986, reprint in Stam and Miller).

Sylvia HarveyMay ’68 and Film Culture (1980).

Molly HaskellFrom Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies (1973, reprint 1987).

Brian Henderson, "Toward a Non-Bourgeois Camera Style," Film Quarterly 24 (1970–71, reprint in Nichols, Movies,vol. 1).

Brian Henderson, "Two Types of Film Theory," Film Quarterly 24 (1971, reprint in Nichols, vol. 1).

Chris Holmlund and Cynthia Fuchs, eds., Between the Sheets, In the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary (1997).

bell hooksBlack Looks: Race and Representation (1992).

Chris HolmlundImpossible Bodies: Femininity and Masculinity at the Movies (2002).

Susan JeffordsHard Bodies: Hollywood Masculinity in the Reagan Era (1994).

Claire JohnstonNotes on Women’s Cinema (1973).

Kathryn KalinakSettling the Score: Music and the Classical Hollywood Film (1992).

E. Ann Kaplan ed., Psychoanalysis and Cinema (1990).

Bruce KawinMindscreen: Bergman, Godard, and First-Person Film (1978).

Marsha Kinder, "Violence American Style: The Narrative Orchestration of Violent Attractions," Violence and American Cinema (2001).

Pat Kirkham and Janet ThuminYou Tarzan: Masculinity, Movies, and Men (1993).

Siegfried KracauerThe Mass Ornament (1995).

Amy LawrenceEcho and Narcissus: Women’s Voices in Classical Hollywood Cinema (1991).

Peter Lehman, ed., Masculinity: Bodies, Movies, Culture (2001).

Peter Lehman, ed., Running Scared: Masculinity and the Representation of the Male Body (1993).

Joan MellonWomen and Their Sexuality in the New Film (1974).

Toby Miller and  Robert StamA Companion to Film Theory (1999).

Tania ModleskiThe Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory (1988).

Laura MulveyFetishism and Curiosity (1996).

Bill NicholsBlurred Boundaries (1994).

Bill NicholsIntroduction to Documentary (2001).

Bill NicholsRepresenting Reality (1992).

Jean-Pierre Oudart, "La Suture," Cahiers du cinéma (April 1969).

Constance PenleyThe Future of an Illusion (1989).

Paula RabinowitzThey Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary (1994).

Michael Renov, ed., Theorizing Documentary (1993).

David Rodowick,Gilles Deleuze’s Time Machine (1997).

Marjorie RosenPopcorn Venus: Women, Movies, and the American Dream (1973).

William Rothman, "Against the ‘System of Suture,’" Film Quarterly 29 (1975, reprint in Braudy and Cohen; Nichols, Movies ,vol. 1).

Vito Russo,The Celluloid Closet (1985).

Andrew SarrisThe American Cinema: Directors and Directions (1968).

Ella Shohat and Robert StamUnthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media (1994).

Kaja SilvermanMale Subjectivity at the Margins (1992).

Kaja Silverman,The Subject of Semiotics (1983).

Kaja SilvermanThe Threshold of the Visible World (1996).

Kaja SilvermanWorld Spectators (2000).

Ben SingerMelodrama and Modernity: Early Sensational Cinema and Its Contexts (2001).

Robert Stam and Toby Miller, eds., Film and Theory: An Anthology (2000).

Shelley StampMovie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture after the Nickelodeon (2000).

Chris StraayerDeviant Eyes, Deviant Bodies: Sexual Re-Orientation in Film and Video (1996).

François Truffaut, "Une Certaine Tendance du cinema français," Cahiers du cinéma(January 1954, "A Certain Tendency in the French Cinema," Cahiers du cinéma in English 1 [1966] reprint in Nichols, Movies,vol. 1).

Maureen TurimFlashbacks in Film (1989).

Parker TylerScreening the Sexes: Homosexuality in the Movies (1972).

Diane Waldman and Janet Walker, eds., Feminism and Documentary (1999).

Tamsin Wilton, ed., Immortal Invisible: Lesbians and the Moving Image (1995).

Brian WinstonClaiming the Real: The Griersonian Documentary and Its Legitimations (1995).

Peter WollenSigns and Meaning in the Cinema (1969, 3d ed., 1972).

Will WrightSixguns and Society: A Structural Study of the Western (1975).

Slavoj ŽižekEnjoy Your Symptom (1993).

Slavoj ŽižekEverything You Always Wanted to Know about Lacan but Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock (1992).

Slavoj ŽižekLooking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture (1991).

Slavoj ŽižekThe Sublime Object of Ideology (1989).