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Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts


This essential guide for students provides accessible definitions of a comprehensive range of genres, movements, world cinemas, theories and production terms.

"...one of the most useful books ever published on the ever expanding subject of cinema studies... Hayward's perspective is amazingly thought-provoking and educative." - Film Waves

This is the essential guide for anyone interested in film. Now in its second edition, the text has been completely revised and expanded to meet the needs of today's students and film enthusiasts. Some 150 key genres, movements, theories and production terms are explained and analysed with depth and clarity. Entries include:

  • Auteur theory
  • Black Cinema
  • British New Wave
  • feminist film theory
  • intertextuality
  • method acting
  • pornography
  • Third World Cinema
  • war films

A bibliography of essential writings in cinema studies completes an authoritative yet accessible guide to what is at once a fascinating area of study and arguably the greatest art form of modern times.

Susan Hayward is Emerita Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Exeter. Her publications include Luc Besson (1998), French National Cinema (second edition, 2005), Simone Signoret: The Star as Cultural Sign (2004), Les Diaboliques (2005), Nikita (2010), French Costume Drama of the 1950s: Fashioning Politics (2010), Film Ecology: Defending the Biosphere – Doughnut Economics and Film Theory and Practice (2020) and Ecology Documentaries: Their Function and Value Seen Through the Lens of Doughnut Economics (2021).



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