by Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat here examines literally hundreds of films—from Birth of a Nation to those of the 1960's, from Hollywood smashes to avant garde obscurities, from all parts of the world—in an effort to isolate universals of the language of films and to loft their poetics to an articulate level. In addition to the cross-references among a large number of films, a few are selected for extended analysis. These “full-length features” include Cocteau's Orphée, Hitchcock's Psycho, Chabrol's Les Cousins, Ray's Johnny Guitar, and Newman's This Island Earth. His succinct synopsis of the running plot functions as an analysis of it; thus, much of the critical insight is in the form of entertaining narrative.

Published by The M.I.T. Press
Paperback / 288 pgs.

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