On Thu, 22 Jul 1993 12:27:03 -0500 Teri Tynes Dan Streible said:
>I am compiling a short bibliography of must-read books on film (and tv)
>published since 1980 (including history, theory, crit., biography,
Hoo lord, Dan, you've set yourself quite a task.
Let me toss one your way: The one single book that has most influenced
my thinking about television (since 1980) is
John Ellis, VISIBLE FICTIONS: CINEMA TELEVISION VIDEO (London/Boston:
Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1982).
And the second "must-read," though it's a summary text and not original
work per se, is
Robert C. Allen, ed., CHANNELS OF DISCOURSE, REASSEMBLED, 2nd ed.,
(Chapel Hill, NC: U of North Carolina Press, 1992).
You didn't mention if you were looking for cutting edge stuff or
introductory, but if it's the latter then I'd say the best one for
film studies is
David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, FILM ART (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1992).
Now in its 4th edition.
Hope these fit the bill.
Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk
upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
--T. S. Eliot
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