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Robert Withers <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 24 May 1993 20:38:34 EDT
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Was intrigued  by the unfurling of the NOMOPOMO banner here.  Besides the
question of journals, I find myself teaching several kinds of intro-
ductory film courses and searching in vain for the kind of general-critical-
theoretical anthologies of writing about film that might be meaningful and
accessible to beginning film studies students.  Back in the sixties there
were books like Dan Talbot's "Film: An Anthology" or Richard Dyer MacCann's
"Film: A Montage of Theories" that mixed a little theory, some impassioned
criticism, and bandied names of historical moment and recent history.  These
seem a little dated now, but I can't really find anything like this in print.
(And there was Lewis Jacobs' anthology.)  Now there's the Gerald Mast "Film
Theory and Criticism," but it's heavy wading with much academic jargon.
     Mark Crispin Miller's "Seeing Through Movies" packages seven provocative
and accessible essays, but sticks to social analysis and the recent past.  Any
tips, anyone?