Because so much of film involves narrative, some materials on narrative
structure and narratology would seem to be necessary.  One of the best -
distinguished by its clarity and modesty - is Seymour Chatman's Story
and discourse: Narrative structure in fiction and film, Cornell
University Press. (1993).  And because the role of "interpretation"  has
emerged as a particularly vexed question, Susan Sontag's  essay "Against
Interpretation" would seem to be required, if only because it explores
"The fact that films have not been overrun by interpreters"  -- or at
least that seemed to be the case in the prelapsarian year of 1963.




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For a new edition of How to Read a Film we're preparing a list of 100  

(or so) books everyone learning about the medium should read. Besides  

the obvious classics I'm looking for more obscure titles -- and not  

necessarily directly about film (or tv). (For example, I learned a  

lot about the language of film from Alexander Kira's sixties study,  

The Bathroom.)


If you have any suggestions for this list (even if it is your own  

work) I'd appreciate hearing them.


Thanks (and apologies for cross-posting).







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