Contents

Preface vii

1 Film theory, methods, analysis 1

2 Classical/post-classical narrative (Die Hard) 26

3 Mise-en-scene criticism and statistical style analysis

(TheEnglish Patient) 80

4 From thematic criticism to deconstructive analysis

(Chinatown) 117

5 S/Z, the 'readerly' film, and video game logic

(The Fifth Element) 146

6 Cognitive theories of narration (Lost Highway) 168

7 Realism in the photographic and digital image (Jurassic

Park and The Lost World) 195

8 Oedipal narratives and the post-Oedipal (Back to the Future) 220

9 Feminism, Foucault, and Deleuze (The Silence of the Lambs) 249

Conclusion 284

References 294

Index 303

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