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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 Persistence of the Avant-Garde
The persistence of the avant-garde

Not only has the film avant-garde persisted, if at times by the skin of its teeth, since its inception in the post-World War One years, but it has burgeoned over the past decade. In doing so, it has become a more complex terrain. Revolutionary changes in media digital technology have coincided with a massive blooming of moving-image art in the galleries, since the mid-1990s. Whether this emerging moving-image art constitutes a new area of study or is simply a development of the historical avant-gardes is not clear. There seems little evidence that these new artists are building on the older tradition. On the contrary, there is often what seems to be an ignorance of and indifference ...

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