Film Theory

Source: Research Film Theory

– What is empty criticism?
– What is new criticism?
– New Historicism began from 1970s-1980s as a criticism to New Criticism.
– Involves asking how historical events are interpreted and what those interpretations show about the interpreters.
– The belief that history cannot be looked at objectively.
– Focus on the relationship between knowledge and power.
Focus on an individual’s use of language in effecting their surroundings.


New Historicism looks at film through its interpretation of history and at the impact of that interpretation on society.

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