Watching Films

New Perspectives on Movie-Going, Exhibition and Reception

Edited by Albert Moran and Karina Aveyard

Edited by Albert Moran and Karina Aveyard

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

288 pages | 25 halftones | 7 x 9
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841505114 Published August 2013

Whether we stream them on our laptops, enjoy them in theaters, or slide them into DVD players to watch on our TVs, movies are part of what it means to be socially connected in the twenty-first century.  Despite its significant role in our lives, the act of watching films remains an area of social activity that is little studied, and thus, little understood. 
In Watching Films, an international cast of contributors correct this problem with a comprehensive investigation of movie going, cinema exhibition, and film reception around the world. With a focus on the social, economic, and cultural factors that influence how we watch and think about movies, this volume centers its investigations on four areas of inquiry: Who watches films? Under what circumstances? What consequences and affects follow? And what do these acts of consumption mean? Responding to these questions, the contributors provide both historical perspective and fresh insights about the ways in which new viewing arrangements and technologies influence how films get watched everywhere from Canada to China to Ireland.
A long-overdue consideration of an important topic, Watching Films provides an engrossing overview of how we do just that in our homes and across the globe.

“Aveyard and Moran draw together an eclectic mix of essays to present a new perspective on audiences and reception. Not limited to the typical analysis of US and/or British audiences, the book—with its contributions from scholars in continental Europe as well as Britain and the US—covers exhibition and reception issues in countries such as Italy, the Netherlands, and Scotland....The volume addresses a broad range of topics under the umbrella of 'new cinema history,' and thus serves as a jumping-off point for new and established scholars interested in exploring a different form of film criticism and analysis.”
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