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Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers

Felicity Colman



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Acumen Publishing Ltd
01 September 2009
Film theory & criticism; Western philosophy, from c 1900 -; Philosophy: aesthetics; Cultural studies
Philosophy, and in particular continental philosophy, has provided a conceptual underpinning for cinema since its beginnings, especially in the development of cinematic aesthetics. In its turn, film has rethought the abstractions of space and time and the categories of sex and gender and has created new concepts which illuminate phenomenology, metaphysics and epistemology. Film and Philosophy brings together leading scholars to provide a detailed overview of the key thinkers who have shaped the field of film philosophy. The thinkers include continental and 'post-continental' philosophers, analytic philosophers, film-makers, film reviewers, sociologists, and cultural theorists.

The essays reveal how philosophy can be applied to film analysis and how film can be used to illustrate philosophical problems. But more importantly, the essays explore how film has shaped what philosophy thinks and how philosophy has lead to a reappraisal of film. The book will prove an invaluable reference and guide to readers interested in a deeper understanding of the issues and insights presented by film philosophy. Film and Philosophy includes essays on: Hugo Munsterberg, Vilem Flusser, Siegfried Kracauer, Theodor Adorno, Antonin Artaud, Henri Bergson, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, Andre Bazin, Roland Barthes, Serge Daney, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Cavell, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Sarah Kofman, Paul Virilio, Jean Baudrillard, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Fredric Jameson, Felix Guattari, Raymond Bellour, Christian Metz, Julia Kristeva, Laura Mulvey, Homi Bhabha, Slavoj Zizek, Stephen Heath, Alain Badiou, Jacques Ranciere, Leo Bersani, Giorgio Agamben, and Michel Chion.
By:   Felicity Colman
Imprint:   Acumen Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781844651849
ISBN 10:   1844651843
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 September 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Felicity Colman is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia

Reviews for Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers

With contributions from highly respected scholars in the field, this work will be an indispensable point of reference for all those who want to understand the complex relation between philosophical reflection and film as it developed from the early decades of the twentieth century onwards. - Ian James, University of Cambridge Announcements of the death of cinema are premature. As film spills out into digital downloads and in-flight entertainment, it still has the unique position of defining both twentieth-century modernity and twenty-first-century contemporaneity. The authors gathered here give us a radical survey of the most challenging and exciting intersections of cinema and philosophical thinking. A handbook for the next generation of film scholars. - Sean Cubitt, Director of the Program in Media and Communications, University of Melbourne

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