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Watching Films
New Perspectives on Movie-Going, Exhibition and Reception
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ISBN 9781841505114
Paperback pages
Published June 2013
Imprint: Intellect
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Edited by Karina Aveyard and Albert Moran
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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 into moviegoing, 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 effects 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.

To read the full review in Media International Australia click here to download the pdf

'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' – CHOICE, A. F. Winstead

'Texts like 'Watching Films' prove invaluable with their emphasis on audience research and exhibition practices.' – Post Script, L. Raw

'The collection is intended to address neglected terrain within film studies, to complement the wealth of material focused purely on the cinematic text. The collection succeeds, aptly demonstrating the value of analyzing broader infrastructures of reception.' – Media International Australia, C. Hight

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