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Classical Hollywood cinema: Point of view and communication

Zborowski, James



© James Zborowski 2016. All rights reserved. This book offers a new approach to filmic point of view by combining close analyses informed by the tools of narratology and philosophy with concepts derived from communication studies. Each chapter stages a conversation between two masterpieces of classical Hollywood cinema and one critical concept that can enrich our understanding of them: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra, 1936) are interpreted in relation to point of view; Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962) are considered with reference to the concept of distance; and Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls, 1948) and Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939) are explored through the lens of communication. Each encounter reveals new, exciting and mutually illuminating ways of appreciating not only these case studies, but also the critical concepts at stake.


Zborowski, J. (2015). Classical Hollywood cinema: Point of view and communication. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press

Book Type Book
Publication Date Dec 1, 2015
Deposit Date May 22, 2019
Publisher Manchester University Press
Pages 1-137
Book Title Classical Hollywood Cinema: Point of view and Communication
ISBN 9781784996772; 9780719083341
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