Doubting Vision: Film and the Revelationist Tradition

Doubting Vision: Film and the Revelationist Tradition

by Malcolm Turvey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195320972

ISBN-13: 9780195320978

Pub. Date: 07/31/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The film theories of Jean Epstein, Dziga Vertov, Bela Balazs, and Siegfried Kracauer have long been studied separately from each other. In Doubting Vision, film scholar Malcolm Turvey argues that their work constitutes a distinct, hitherto neglected tradition, which he calls revelationism, and which differs in important ways from modernism and realism. For these four…  See more details below

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The film theories of Jean Epstein, Dziga Vertov, Bela Balazs, and Siegfried Kracauer have long been studied separately from each other. In Doubting Vision, film scholar Malcolm Turvey argues that their work constitutes a distinct, hitherto neglected tradition, which he calls revelationism, and which differs in important ways from modernism and realism. For these four theorists and filmmakers, the cinema is an art of mass enlightenment because it escapes the limits of human sight and reveals the true nature of reality. Turvey provides a detailed exegesis of this tradition, pointing to its sources in Romanticism, the philosophy of Henri Bergson, modern science, and other intellectual currents. He also shows how profoundly it has influenced contemporary film theory by examining the work of psychoanalytical-semiotic theorists of the 1970s, Stanley Cavell, the modern-day followers of Kracauer and Walter Benjamin, and Gilles Deleuze.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195320978
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 The Revelationist Tradition: Exegesis 21

2 The Revelationist Tradition: Critique 49

3 Revelationism and Contemporary Film Theory 79

4 The Lure of Visual Skepticism 99

Notes 131

Index 145

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