Ideology and the Image

Inspired by teaching an introductory film study course, this book attempts to understand what makes film a potent political medium in a broad sense.  It takes up the still image in adverrtising and other forms, perception and its effect on the interpretation of images,  narrative structure in general, specific filmmaking strategies such as Joseph von Sternberg and Alfred Hitchcock’s remarkable use of visual style to examine women’s lives to basic principles involved in documentary and ethnographic film, with a chapter devoted to the films of Fred Wiseman.

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