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Thinking Through Cinema: Film as Philosophy

Thinking Through Cinema: Film as Philosophy

Murray Smith (Editor), Thomas E. Wartenberg (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15411-6

Mar 2006

232 pages

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$59.95

Description

The collection brings together a wide range of contributors, including both philosophers and film scholars. All of them address the question of whether philosophy can take the form of, or be articulated through, film.

  • A new text for the growing field of philosophy of film, engaging with a variety of questions concerning the relationship between film and art, aesthetics and philosophy.
  • Explores a wide variety of forms and periods of film, such as the avant-garde, continental film and popular American cinema, to present diverse answers to this question.
  • Draws on a range of films, from the works of Hitchcock to Mission: Impossible and Being John Malkovich.
Preface.

Murray Smith and Thomas E. Wartenberg - Introduction.

I. The Very Idea of Film as Philosophy.

Paisley Livingston - These on Cinema as Philosophy.

Thomas E. Wartenberg - Beyond mere Illustration: How Films Can Be Philosophy.

Murray Smith - Film Art, Argument, and Ambiguity.

II. Popular American Film: Entertainment and Enlightenment.

Richard Allen - Hitchcock and Cavell.

Lester H. Hunt The Paradox of the Unknown Lover: A Reading of Letter from an Unknown Woman.

Dan Flory - Spike Lee and the Sympathetic Racist.'.

George Wilson - Transparency and Twist in Narrative Fiction Film.

Stephen Mulhall - The Impersonation of Personality: Film as Philosophy in Mission: Impossible.

Daniel Shaw - On being Philosophical and Being John Malkovich.

Christopher Grau - eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the Morality of Memory.

III: Continental Philosophy, Continental Film.

Andras Balint Kovacs Sartre, the Philosophy of Nothingness, and the Modern Melodrama.

Paul C. Santilli - Cinema and Subjectivity in Krzysztof Kieslowski.

Katherine Ince - Is Sexy Comedy or Tragedy? Directing Desire adn Female Auteurship in the Cinema of Catherine Breillat.

IV: Films as "THEORY": The Avant -Garde.

Jinhee Choi Apperception on Display: Structural Films and Philosophy.

Noel Carroll philosophizing Through the Moving Image: The case of Serene Velocity.

Trevor Ponech - The Substance of Cinema.

Whitney Davis - The World Rewound: Peter Forgacs's Wittgenstein Tractatus.

Contributors.

Selected Bibliography.

Index.


  • A new text for the growing field of philosophy of film, engaging with a variety of questions concerning the relationship between film and art, aesthetics and philosophy.
  • Brings together a wide range of international contributors, including both philosophers and film scholars to address the question of whether philosophy can take the form of, or be articulated through, film.
  • Explores a wide variety of forms and periods of film, such as the avant-garde, continental film and popular American cinema, to present diverse answers to this question.
  • Draws on a range of films, from the works of Hitchcock to Mission: Impossible and Being John Malkovich.