The Philosophy of Film: Introductory Text and Readings / Edition 1

The Philosophy of Film: Introductory Text and Readings / Edition 1

by Thomas E. Wartenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 140511441X

ISBN-13: 9781405114417

Pub. Date: 02/21/2005

Publisher: Wiley

The Philosophy of Film draws readings from philosophy, film studies, and film criticism. Organized around a series of philosophical questions about film, it offers an accessible and engaging overview of the discipline. Readings from contrasting angles and points of view discuss the value of film theory, the nature of film narration, the debate on whether

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The Philosophy of Film draws readings from philosophy, film studies, and film criticism. Organized around a series of philosophical questions about film, it offers an accessible and engaging overview of the discipline. Readings from contrasting angles and points of view discuss the value of film theory, the nature of film narration, the debate on whether films can be socially critical, and the question of what we can learn from film.

Offering clear and helpful section introductions and thought-provoking reading questions, this book is the ideal primary textbook for undergraduate courses on the philosophy of film or philosophically oriented courses in film theory.

More information about this text along with further resources are available from the accompanying website at: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/omc/phil-film/index.html

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405114417
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/21/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.92(d)

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Table of Contents

1Prospects for film theory : a personal assessment11
2Can scientific models of theorizing help film theory?21
3Philosophy of film as the creation of concepts33
4Defining the photoplay43
5The artistry of silent film50
6Cinematic realism59
7Film, photography, and transparency70
8Non-fictional cinematic artworks and knowledge77
9La Politique des Auteurs95
10Auteur theory and film evaluation99
11The idea of film criticism108
12Against authorship118
13DVDs and the director's intentions123
14Narrative desire139
15Spectator emotion and ideological film criticism148
16Engaging characters160
17The paradox of horror170
18Principles of film narration183
19The cinematic narrator190
20Narration as showing198
21The politics of representation213
22But would you want your daughter to marry one? : politics and race in Guess who's coming to dinner225
23Stella at the movies : class, critical spectatorship, and melodrama in Stella Dallas235
24Knowledge as transgression : It happened one night253
25Realist horror260
26Philosophy screened : experiencing The matrix270
27Virtue and happiness in Groundhog Day284

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