Reel Arguments / Edition 1

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Overview


Reel Arguments collects an integrated series of essays addressing the role of film as social criticism. By looking at films and the creators of such films as Alice in the Cities, Enemy of the State, The Conversation, Falling Down, City of Hope, and Matewan, Light persuasively argues that film can be both highly philosophical and influential on public debates over issues of moral, political and social importance. Light brings new insights into the readings of these films covering a range of issues: identity politics, urban landscapes, the politics of space, and the unexpected ethical dimensions of technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813365732
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Series: Thinking Through Cinema Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Light is Co-Director of the Applied Philosophy Group in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions at New York University, and Co-Editor of the journal Philosophy and Geography. He has edited or co-edited thirteen anthologies, including Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice, Technology and the Good Life?, and The Aesthetics of Everyday Life.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Film as Social Philosophy 1
Pt. 1 Film, Technology, and Built Space
2 Enemies of the State? Electronic Surveillance and the Neutrality of Technology 21
3 Wim Wenders's Everyday Aesthetics 55
4 Boyz in the Woods: Los Angeles as Urban Wilderness 79
Pt. 2 Film, Group Interests, and Political Identity
5 John Sayles on Class Interest 111
6 Spike Lee, Chico Mendes, and the Representation of Political Identity 133
Notes 167
Index 193
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