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Theory of Film:
The Redemption of Physical Reality
Siegfried Kracauer
With a new introduction by Miriam Bratu Hansen

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Paperback | 1997 | $39.95 | £32.95 | ISBN: 9780691037042
488 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 | 64 halftones
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Siegfried Kracauer's classic study, originally published in 1960, explores the distinctive qualities of the cinematic medium. The book takes its place alongside works in classical film theory by such figures as Béla Balázs, Rudolf Arnheim, and André Bazin, among others, and has met with much critical dispute. In this new edition, Miriam Bratu Hansen, examining the book in the context of Kracauer's extensive film criticism from the 1920s, provides a framework for appreciating the significance of Theory of Film for contemporary film theory.


"Kracauer's profound theoretical investigation revealed film as the form that best captured the new modes of experience that characterize modernity. Miriam Hansen's brilliant introduction chronicles the work's genesis and transformation through Kracauer's conversations with Adorno and Benjamin, his flight from the Nazis, and his uneasy assimilation into the Cold-War United States."--Tom Gunning, University of Chicago

"Just as new translations of Kracauer's early works have begun to reveal aspects of his intellectual project previously unavailable to readers of English, this most welcome new edition of Kracauer's magnum opus of media aesthetics will cast a new interpretative light on his later work, thanks especially to Miriam Hansen's highly illuminating introductory essay."--Thomas Y. Levin, Princeton University

Table of Contents:

1 Photography 3
2 Basic Concepts 27
3 The Establishment of Physical Existence 41
4 Inherent Affinities 60
5 History and Fantasy 77
6 Remarks on the Actor 93
7 Dialogue and Sound 102
8 Music 133
9 The Spectator 157
10 Experimental film 175
11 The Film of Fact 193
12 The Theatrical Story 215
13 Interlude: Film and Novel 232
14 The Found Story and the Episode 245
15 Matters of Content 262
16 Film in Our Time 285
Notes 313
Bibliography 339
Index 351

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