Film Theory and Philosophy

ISBN 13: 9780198159216

Film Theory and Philosophy

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9780198159216: Film Theory and Philosophy

This volume of new essays energizes a growing movement in film theory which questions and seeks to overturn many of the assumptions that have governed film theory for the last twenty years. The book brings together film scholars and philosophers in a united commitment to the standards of argumentation that characterize analytic philosophy rather than a single doctrinal approach. The essays address such topics as authorship, emotion, ideology, representation, and expression in film.

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Richard Allen is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, New York University Murray Smith is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury


`this volume should help add momentum to a shift of paradigms as it affords new frameworks for the study of cinema.' The Philosophical Review, vol. 109, no 1

`The contributions are all of a high standard. Problems are clearly defined, concepts clarified, fine distinctions drawn, objections considered, and supporting evidence purveyed. In their documentation, scrupulous attention to opposing arguments, integrity, and clarity of reasoning, the contributions are models of professional academic philosophy ... The many virtues of the analytical tradition are manifest in chapter after chapter ... This anthology merits close perusal by anyone interested in genuine film theory.' Trevor Whittock, Brit Jrnl of Aesthetics, Vol 39, no 3, 1999

`Admirably edited by Allen and Smith, who contribute an excellent introductory chapter summing up the arguments against the continentals ...' W. A. Vincent, Michigan State University, CHOICE, Oct 98

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