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Paperback 340 Pages / Published: 14/01/2010
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A Philosophy of Cinematic Art is a systematic study of cinema as an art form, showing how the medium conditions fundamental features of cinematic artworks. It discusses the status of cinema as an art form, whether there is a language of film, realism in cinema, cinematic authorship, intentionalist and constructivist theories of interpretation, cinematic narration, the role of emotions in responses to films, the possibility of identification with characters, and the nature of the cinematic medium. Groundbreaking in its coverage of a wide range of contemporary cinematic media, it analyses not only traditional photographic films, but also digital cinema, and a variety of interactive cinematic works, including videogames. Written in a clear and accessible style, the book examines the work of leading film theorists and philosophers of film, and develops a powerful framework with which to think about cinema as an art.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521529648
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 223 x 158 x 17 mm


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'In A Philosophy of Cinematic Art, Berys Gaut offers profound and original answers to the two fundamental questions of classical film theory: what is the nature of cinematic specificity, and what makes cinema an art form? Along the way, he writes with characteristic depth, clarity, and, above all, good sense, on the central topics of film theory, and his extended treatment of digital cinema, hitherto neglected by philosophers, is both timely and illuminating. As the first work of analytic film theory to bridge the divide between classical film theory and the contemporary philosophy of film, A Philosophy of Cinematic Art is of signal importance to the history of film theory and it should be read widely both by film scholars and philosophers of art.' Richard Allen, New York University
'Berys Gaut's overall achievement in A Philosophy of Cinematic Art is substantial, among other things, for his persuasive argument for medium specificity, and for his attention to new forms of cinema. This accomplished book is essential in the library of anyone interested in the philosophy of cinema.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
'... [one of] the most important publications on the topic ... will provide theoretical groundwork for analytically inclined film students for a long time ...' Szilard Orosz, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies
"... Berys Gaut's excellent new book ... is a force to be reckoned with in the philosophy of cinema, a subfield of aesthetics that has recently seen a flurry of scholarly interest and publication ... This accomplished book is essential in the library of anyone interested in the philosophy of cinema." Carl Plantinga, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"... Gaut ... provides clarity in discourse and argumentation in this contribution to several ongoing issues in analytic philosophy's treatment of cinema ... Recommended ..." D. W. Rothermel, Choice
"... [a] special feature of the book is the stress on recent developments like digital film and interactive films ... a systematic and comprehensive introduction to key questions about cinema." Manuel Bremer, Metapsychology
"... In its thorough and detailed examination of ideas and secondary literature relating to medium, authorship, transparency, narration, emotion, and fictional identification, this book is essential reading for students in aesthetics. For specialists in the field, the book significantly advances philosophical analysis of different technologies of the moving image and engages subtly with the emergence of new media within the genre ..." Kathryn Brown, Philosophy in Review
"... [one of] the most important publications on the topic ... will provide theoretical groundwork for analytically inclined film students for a long time ..." Szilard Orosz, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

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