What do film scholars study

There are three broad areas of film study:

• film analysis

'Old' film history is based on two assumptions: a teleological assumption that focuses the historian's attention on films that display technical innovations, and an essentialist assumption proposing that these technical achievements are important because they exploit cinema's essence. The 'New Film History' (1970s onwards) develops specific, delimited (rather than global) areas of film history to research, and carries out this research using rigorous, systematic, and explicit methods, plus the extensive citation of primary archival evidence.

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