Blurred boundaries : questions of meaning in contemporary culture / Bill Nichols
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.
Call No: 409 NIC Author: Nichols, Bill Place: Bloomington Publisher: Indiana University Press PubDate: 1994 PhysDes: xvii, 187 p. ; 25 cm Subject: ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; AUDIENCES; BODY IN FILMS; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS; MELODRAMA; NARRATIVE IN FILMS; SEMI-DOCUMENTARIES; SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE CINEMA; KING, RODNEY; STACHKA [STRIKE] (UR, Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925); REALISM ON TV; REALITY "SHOWS"; REALITY TV; RACIAL PROBLEMS ON TV; RACIAL PROBLEMS AND TV; TRUTH IN FILMS; VIOLENCE ON TV; WAR AND THE CINEMA; GULF WAR ON TV; ETHICS AND TV Summary: "Blurred Boundaries explores decisive moments where the traditional boundaries of fiction/non-fiction and truth/falsehood blur. Nichols argues that the history of social representation in film, television, and video requires an understanding of the fate of both contemporary and older work. Traditionally, film history and cultural studies sought to place films in a historical context. Nichols proposes a new goal: to examine how specific works, old and new, promote or suppress a sense of historical consciousness. Examining work from Eisenstein's Strike to the Rodney King videotape, Nichols interrelates issues of formal structure, viewer response, and historical consciousness. Simultaneously, Blurred Boundaries radically alters the interpretative frameworks offered by neoformalism and psychoanalysis: Comprehension itself becomes a social act of transformative understanding rather than an abstract mental process, while the use of psychoanalytic terms like desire, lack, or paranoia to make social points metaphorically yields to vocabulary designed expressly for historical interpretation - such as project, intentionality, and the social imaginary. An important departure from prevailing trends in many fields, Blurred Boundaries offers new directions for the study of visual culture." -- BOOK BLURB Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-182) and index ISBN: 0253340640 (alk. paper); 0253209005 (paper : alk. paper) LON: 10767942 More info
Ideology and the image : social representation in the cinema and other media / Bill Nichols
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1981.
Call No: 62 NIC Author: Nichols, Bill Source: US Place: Bloomington Publisher: Indiana University Press PubDate: 1981 PhysDes: xv, 334 p. : ill. ; 24 cm Subject: PHILOSOPHY AND THE CINEMA; THEORY; AESTHETICS; SEMIOLOGY; NON-FICTION FILMS; DOCUMENTARIES; ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS; WISEMAN, FREDERICK; BLONDE VENUS (US, Josef von Sternberg, 1932); BIRDS, THE (US, Alfred Hitchcock, 1963) Summary: "To what degree, Nichols asks, does ideology inform images in films, advertising, and other media? Does the cinema or any other sign system librerate or manipulate us? How can we as spectators know when the media are subtly perpetuating a specific set of values? To address these issues, the author draws from a variety of approaches - Marxism, psychoanalysis, communication theory, semiotics, structuralism, the psychology of perception. Working with two interrelated theories - ideology and systems of visual representation, and ideology and principles of textual criticism - Nichols shows how and why we make emotional investments in sign systems within an ideological context." -- BACK COVER Notes: Includes index; Bibliography: p. 304-313 ISBN: 0253182875; 0253202566 (pbk.) LON: 80007684; 1763485 Contents: Introduction: Picking up the trail -- 1. Art and the perceptual process -- 2. The analysis of representational images -- 3. The cinema: movement, narrative, and paradox -- 4. Blonde venus: playing with performance -- 5. For The birds -- 6. The documentary film and principles of exposition -- 7. Frederick Wiseman's documentaries: theory and structure -- 8. Documentary, criticism, and the ethnographic film -- Conclusion More info
Introduction to documentary / Bill Nichols
Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press, 2001.
Call No: 761 NIC Author: Nichols, Bill Source: US Place: Bloomington IN Publisher: Indiana University Press PubDate: 2001 PhysDes: 223 p. ; ill. ; 23 cm Subject: DOCUMENTARIES; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; EDITING; ETHICS AND THE CINEMA; FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; REALISM IN FILMS; SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN FILMS; VIDEO, FILMS ON; VOICE OVER; LAND WITHOUT BREAD (SP, Luis Bunuel, 1933); NANOOK OF THE NORTH (US, Robert Flaherty, 1922); NIGHT AND FOG (FR, Alain Resnais, 1995); NUIT ET BROUILLARD (FR, Alain Resnais, 1955); THIN BLUE LINE, THE (US, Errol Morris, 1988) Summary: Introduction to Documentary provides an overview of the most important topics and issues in documentary history and criticism. Designed for students in any field that makes use of visiual evidence and persuasive strategies, this book spells out the distinguishing qualities of documentary. This book offers suggestive answers to basic issues that have stood at the centre of all debate on documentary from its very beginnings to today. It covers questions of ethics, form, modes, voice, history, and politics among others. A final chapter addresses the question of how to write about documentary in a clear, convincing manner. Notes: Includes Notes on source material pp.179-190; Filmography pp.191-201; List of Distributors pp.201-218; Index pp.219-223 ISBN: 0253214696 Contents: 1. Why are ethical issues central to documentary filmmaking -- 2. How do documentaries differ from other types of film -- 3. What gives documentary films a voice of their own? -- 4. What are documantaries about? -- 5. How did documentary filmmaking get started? -- 6. What types of documentary are there? -- 7. How have documentaries addressed social and political issues? -- 8. How can we write effectively about documentary? URL status: URL: 'http://-'
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Movies and methods : an anthology / edited by Bill Nichols
Berkeley: University of California Press, c1976.
Call No: 62(082) MOV v.1 Author: Nichols, Bill Place: Berkeley Publisher: University of California Press PubDate: c1976 PhysDes: xi, 640 p. : ill. ; 24 cm Subject: STRUCTURALISM; CRITICISM; IDEOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; IDEOLOGY IN FILMS; POLITICS AND THE CINEMA; POLITICS IN FILMS; GENRES; AUTEUR THEORY; FILM NOIR; THEORY; WESTERNS; WOMEN AND THE CINEMA; FILM NOIR; SEMIOLOGY; METHODOLOGY OF FILM CRITICISM; ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS; FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; CAPRA, FRANK; RAY, NICHOLAS; VON STERNBERG, JOSEF; GODARD, JEAN-LUC; CITIZEN KANE (US, Orson Welles, 1941); SERPICO (US, Sidney Lumet, 1973); GODFATHER PART II, THE (US, Francis Ford Coppola, 1974); VENT D'EST (FR/IT/GW, Jean-Luc Godard & Dziga Vertov Group, 1970); WIND FROM THE EAST (FR/IT/GW, Jean-Luc Godard & Dziga Vertov Group, 1970); VIVRE SAVIE (FR, Jean-Luc Godard, 1962); KLUTE (US, Alan J. Pakula, 1971); TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS; SHOCK CORRIDOR (US, Samuel Fuller, 1963); TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (US, Howard Hawks, 1944); BLOW JOB (US, Andy Warhol, 1963); RIO LOBO (US, Howard Hawks, 1970); YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (US, John Ford, 1939) Summary: "Film teachers and students will welcome this new anthology, which makes available in one source a comprehensive selection of recent theoretical work on film, including many articles difficult to locate in the scattered literature. The contents are drawn almost entirely from the publications of the past fifteen years, and include work by the most original film thinkers - some well known to a wide public, some widely known among readers of film journals. Several important film-makers are also represented." -- BOOK BLURB Notes: Includes index; This is volume 1 ISBN: 0520031512 LON: cln74022969; 10151896 Contents: --- part 1 contextual criticism -- political criticism -- genre criticism -- feminist criticism -- part 2 formal criticism -- auteur criticism -- mise-en-scene criticism -- part 3 theory -- film theory -- structuralism-semiology -- More info
Movies and Methods : an anthology volume II / edited by Bill Nichols
Berkeley: University of California Press, c1985.
Call No: 62(082) MOV v.2 Author: Nichols, Bill (ed.) Source: US/UK Place: Berkeley Publisher: University of California Press PubDate: c1985 PhysDes: xii, 753 p. : ill. ; 24 cm Subject: CRITICISM; GENRES; FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; STRUCTURALISM; SEMIOLOGY; PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE CINEMA; SADISM / MASOCHISM IN FILMS; PHILOSOPHY AND THE CINEMA; HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE CINEMA; AVANT-GARDE FILMS; NARRATIVE IN FILMS; IDEOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; HORROR FILMS; CINEMA VERITE; BAZIN, ANDRE; WALSH, RAOUL; GODARD, JEAN-LUC; DAUGHTER RITE (US, Michelle Citron, 1979); JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (BE/FR, Chantal Akerman, 1975); SEARCHERS, THE (US, John Ford, 1956); MILDRED PIERCE (US, Michael Curtiz, 1945); STAGECOACH (US, John Ford, 1939) Summary: "The original Movies and Methods volume (1976) captured the dynamic evolution of film theory and criticism into an important new discipline, incorporating methods from structuralism, semiotics, and feminist thought. Now there is again ferment in the field. Movies and Methods, Volume II, captures the developments that have given history and genre studies imaginative new models and indicates how feminist, structuralist, and psychoanalytic approaches to film have achieved fresh, valuable insights." -- BOOK BLURB Notes: This is volume II ISBN: 0520054091 Contents: -- historical criticism -- genre criticism -- feminist criticism -- structuralist semiotics -- psychoanalytic semiotics -- countercurrents -- More info
Newsreel : documentary filmmaking on the American left / Bill Nichols
New York: Arno Press, 1980, c1977.
Call No: 761(73) MIC Author: Nichols, Bill Place: New York Publisher: Arno Press PubDate: 1980, c1977 PhysDes: 313 p. ; 24 cm Series: Dissertations on film 1980 Subject: Newsreel (Firm) Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis, University of California at Los Angeles, 1975; Bibliography: p. 308-313 ISBN: 0405129149 LON: 1674193 More info
Representing reality : issues and concepts in documentary / Bill Nichols
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991.
Call No: 761NIC Author: Nichols, Bill Place: Bloomington Publisher: Indiana University Press PubDate: 1991 PhysDes: xx, 313 p. ; 24 cm Subject: ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; BODY IN FILMS; COMMENTARY; DEATH IN FILMS; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; DOCUMENTARIES; ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS; GAZE IN FILMS; IDEOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; IDEOLOGY IN FILMS; INTERVIEWS IN FILMS; NARRATIVE IN FILMS; PHILOSOPHY AND THE CINEMA; REALISM IN FILMS; TRUTH IN FILMS; VIEWERS Summary: "Representing Reality examines the styles, strategies, and structures of documentary film. It does not offer a general survey of documentary film history so much as a conceptual overview of the form itself: what qualities of cinema underpin it, what institutional structures sustain it, what rhetorical operations inform it, what interpretive perspectives encompass it. How these questions arrange themselves into recurrent patterns and preoccupations [is] the central focus." -- Taken from preface. Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. -296) and index; Filmology: p. -304 ISBN: 0253340608 (alk. paper); 0253206812 (pbk. : alk. paper) LON: 91002637; 8905992 Contents: Axes of orientation: I. The domain of documentary -- II. Documentary modes of representation -- III. Axiographics: ethical space in documentary film -- Documentary: a fiction (un)like any other: IV. Telling stories with evidence and arguments -- V. Sticking to reality: rhetoric and what exceeds it -- VI. The fact of realism and the fiction of objectivity -- Documentary representation and the historical world: VII> Pornography, ethnography, and the discourses of power / Christian Hansen, Catherine Needham, Bill Nichols -- VIII. Representing the body: questions of meaning and magnitude More info
Speaking truths with film : evidence, ethics, politics in documentary / Bill Nichols
Oakland: California University of California Press, 2016.
Call No: 761 NIC Author: Nichols, Bill Source: US Place: Oakland Publisher: California University of California Press PubDate: 2016 PhysDes: 281 p. ; ill. ; 23 cm Subject: DOCUMENTARIES; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; AUDIENCES; MUSIC IN FILMS; VOICES; SOCIAL ISSUES IN FILMS; ETHICS AND THE CINEMA; ETHICS IN FILMS; POLITICS AND THE CINEMA; POLITICS IN FILMS; LAND WITHOUT BREAD (SP, Luis Bunuel, 1933); RESTREPO (US, Tim Hetherington/Sebastian Junger, 2010); THIN BLUE LINE, THE (US, Errol Morris, 1988); ACT OF KILLING, THE (DK/NO/UK, Joshua Oppenheimer, (2012); STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE (US, Alex Gibney, 2015) Summary: "What issues, of both form and content, shape the documentary film? What role does visual evidence play in relation to a documentary's arguments about the world in which we live? Can a documentary be believed, and why or why not? How do documentaries abide by or subvert ethical expectations? Are mockumentaries a form of subversion? In what ways can the documentary be an aesthetic experience and at the same time have political or social impact? And how can such impacts be empirically measured? Pioneering film scholar Bill Nichols investigates the ways in which documentaries strive for accuracy and truthfulness, but simultaneously fabricate a form that shapes reality. Such films may rely on re-enactment to re-create the past, storytelling to provide satisfying narratives, and rhetorical figures such as metaphor and expressive forms such as irony to make a point. In many ways documentaries are a fiction unlike any other. With clarity and passion, Nichols offers close readings of several provocative documentaries including Land without Bread, Restrepo, The Thin Blue Line, The Act of Killing, and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine as part of an authoritative examination of the layered approaches and delicate ethical balance demanded of documentary filmmakers"--Provided by publisher. Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Documentary film and the modernist avant-garde -- Documentary reenactment and the fantasmatic subject -- Letter to Lynn Sachs about her film Investigation of a flame -- Breaking the frame, gender, violation and the avant-garde -- The coming of sound -- To see the world anew : revisiting the voice of documentary -- The sound of music -- The question of evidence : the power of rhetoric and the documentary film -- The terrorist event -- Remaking history : Jay Leyda, and the compilation film -- Restrepo : a case of inadvertent evidence -- The symptomatic biopic : Steve Jobs : the man in the machine -- Documentary ethics : doing the right thing -- Irony, paradox and the documentary : double meanings and double binds -- Letter to Errol Morris : feelings of revulsion and the limits of academic discourse -- Perpetrators, trauma and film -- San Francisco newsreel : collectives, politics, films -- The political documentary and the problem of impact. More info