This is the fourth edition of a classic student textbook which introduces film studies from a cultural studies perspectives. Film as Social Practice is distinctive in that it approaches the study of film as a social and cultural practice that does not end with the text. Rather than being examined as a set of canonical texts, film is examined as entertainment, as narrative and as a cultural event. The focus is upon the cultural function of film.
This extensively revised second edition offers a comprehensive introduction to Hollywood cinema, providing a fascinating account of the cultural and aesthetic significance of the world's most powerful film industry.