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Written by a team of veteran scholars and emerging talents, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies maps the international traditions of the field, drawing out regional differences in the way that intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been transformed into a field of systematic inquiry. It reflects on the field's conceptual infrastructure, the dominant paradigms and debates, and evaluates their continuing salience. Finally, it looks optimistically to the future of film, the institution of cinema, and the discipline of Film Studies at a time when the very existence of film is being called into question by new technological, industrial, and aesthetic developments.

The Political Economy of Film
The political economy of film

The rubric of a ‘political economy of cinema’ has proved attractive to generations of film scholars. Few writers on cinema or its close relations of television and new media have not at one time or another turned their attention to the way that politics and economics, whether separately or together, have shaped the production, circulation and social uptake of film. It is not hard to see why. By virtue of its public visibility and industrial character, politics and government tend to exercise a defining influence upon filmmaking by helping to establish the formal and informal ‘rules of the game’ under which cinema operates.

Equally, the changing structures of the industry both globally and nationally have been determined ...

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