© 2011

Valuing Films

Shifting Perceptions of Worth

  • Laura Hubner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Valuing Films

    1. Laura Hubner
      Pages 1-10
  3. Politics, Criticism and the Canon

  4. Fans, Audiences and Shifting Canons

  5. Institutions of Taste, Quality and Value

  6. Afterthoughts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Laura Hubner
      Pages 217-219
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 220-228

About this book


This volume gets to the heart of what films mean to people on personal, political and commercial levels. Exploring value judgements that underpin social, academic and institutional practices, it examines the diverse forms of worth attributed to a range of international films in relation to taste, passion, morality and aesthetics.


cinema Europe film Hollywood politics Sound

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Hubner
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WinchesterUK

About the editors

STEVEN ALLEN Senior Lecturer in Media and Film Studies at the University of Winchester, UK ADÁN AVALOS PhD candidate at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, USA TOM BROWN Lecturer in film at the University of Reading, UK OLUYINKA ESAN Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Winchester, UK OWEN EVANS Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, UK LINCOLN GERAGHTY Principal Lecturer in Film Studies and Subject Leader for Media Studies in the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media at the University of Portsmouth, UK LEIGHTON GRIST Senior Lecturer in Media and Film Studies at the University of Winchester, UK SHAUN KIMBER Senior Lecturer in the Media School at Bournemouth University, UK JAMES WALTERS Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK MARY P WOOD Professor of European Cinema, and Head of the Department of Media and Cultural Studies, at Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Bibliographic information


'This special collection of essays is a valuable addition to a subject that has been neglected in film studies over the past few decades. Containing a diverse number of articles covering different films, by various critics from Britain and the United States, it provides insightful and new readings into an area that deserves further exploration, as the very important introduction and epilogue by its editor reveals. A worthy addition to the area of film studies.'

- Tony Williams, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA

'Film studies has been slow to acknowledge how central debates about value must be to its concerns. This welcome collection opens up a wide range of value debates, many of which were foreclosed by cinema's need to achieve respectability as an art. Ranging from classic vs modern Hollywood, and European art cinema's problematic status, to the newer frontiers of Japanese anime, Mexican popular cinema and Nigeria's Nollywood, the authors display an encouraging appetite for new sources of data, new audience attitudes, and the self-evident fact that value motivates much of our media behaviour.'

- Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK