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The Life of Mise-En-SceNe

Visual Style and British Film Criticism, 1946-78

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The life of mise-en-scene offers a critical history of key debates about visual style in British film journals in the post-war period. It reclaims an often-ignored or misrepresented history, including: the concept of film poetry in the journal Sequence, changing attitudes in Sight and Sound during the 1950s, and the battle over the significance of film style which raged between a number of small journals and the national press in the early 1960s. It examines the British school, first associated with Movie in the 1960s, which, in Adrian Martin's words, is enjoying a 'widespread, international revival' - but also other critical movements, more hazily remembered. It explores the role of mise-en-scene in melodrama criticism, and considers what happened to detailed criticism as major theoretical movements emerged in the 1970s. In doing so, it provides a vital context for the contemporary practice of style-based criticism and challenges received notions of critical history, developing our understanding of a range of other key debates and concerns in the study of film. -- .

Product code: 9780719088667

ISBN 9780719088667
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H216xW138
On Sale Date 31/12/2013
No. Of Pages 288
Publisher Manchester University Press
Offers a critical history of key debates about visual style in British film journals in the postwar period -- .