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Dictionary of Film Terms

The Aesthetic Companion to Film Art – Fifth Edition

Frank Beaver

Now in its fifth edition, Frank Beaver’s Dictionary of Film Terms has become an indispensable reference tool for the study of films and filmmaking. This trusted and practical handbook clearly and concisely defines the essential terms of film analysis and film art, with a special focus on the aesthetic parameters and values of filmmaking.
The updated and expanded edition includes new definitions ranging from «bullet-time» optical effects, to the coming-of-age narrative, and LED lighting technology in science fiction films such as Gravity. More than 200 film title references not cited in previous editions have been added. Many classic and contemporary photo stills are included to illustrate terms. Extensive cross-referencing among individual definitions ensures easy access to interrelated terms, and a comprehensive topical index relates to larger concepts of film art.
This up-to-date and comprehensive resource is a useful companion for film students and filmgoers, who will find it illuminating in its range and clarity.
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Queer cinema A film label that emerged in conjunction with the increase in independent films that depict gay characters and gay lifestyles in free, unrestricted ways. Queer cinema moves beyond mainstream Hollywood representations of gays and seeks to openly reveal sexual identity in all its diverse manifestations. Notable queer cinema includes both documentary and fictional accounts of gay lifestyles. Some of Your Best Friends (1991) was an interview-styled documentary with figures involved in the Gay Liberation Movement. Through interviews and film excerpts, The Celluloid Closet (1995) examined gays and lesbians in Hollywood cinema. Among the many significant fictional works are Donna Deitch’s Desert Heart (1985), Todd Haynes’s Poison (1991), Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho (1991), Tom Kalin’s Swoon (1992), and Gregg Araki’s Nowhere (1997). These films reflect queer cinema’s interest in exploring lesbian and gay behavior from a wide variety of personal, social, and psychological perspectives. David Quantic’s queer short Dish (2007) offered a lively group of six gay men telling of their fascination with Oprah Winfrey. Bruce LaBruce’s Gerontophilia (2013), a queer cinema film, centered on a young man’s sexual fetish for ← 224 | 225 → elderly men. A relationship develops between the young man who works in a nursing home and an 82-year-old resident. The film offered a candid view of intergenerational love and sexuality. Sophie Hyde’s queer cinema drama 52 Tuesdays (2013) explored the personal and emotional transition of a wife and mother from female to male. Test (2014) was a queer cinema film about...

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