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Mon, 12 Jun 1995 17:38:05 -0400
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rather than picking a topic within cinema studies (something i have yet
to do) there is the option of picking up a book like _Film Theory: An
Introduction_ by Robert Lapsley and Michael Westlake which does a decent
enough job of summarizing the history and angle of various approaches to
cinema studies (ie Politics, Semiotics, Psychoanalysis, Authorship,
etc).  IT might be a little assuming for someone totally unfamiliar, but
should provide the reader with the feeling that some directions are more
interesting than others and therefor provide a little direction.  (this
is to presume that the reader will have a preference, not to suggest that
the book is slanted toward some approaches)  there are other, more
general, summary type books out there as well.  another good idea if
these things really interest you is to take alook at something like Terry
Eagleton's _Literary Theory: An Intorduction_ which does the same sort of
thing, except for literary theory (and with an arguably more blatant
slant toward marxist political theory).  there is enough common history
and shared elements that a literary background does not hurt serious
considerations of film.  Eagletons' book has the benefit of
accessibility.  it's a nice read.
hope this helps,
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