Philosophy, Black Film, Film Noir

Philosophy, Black Film, Film Noir

By: Dan Flory (author)Hardback

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In the past two decades, African American filmmakers like Spike Lee have made significant contributions to the dialogue about race in the United States by adapting techniques from classic film noir to black American cinema. This book is the first to examine these artistic innovations in detail from a philosophical perspective informed by both cognitive film theory and critical race theory. Dan Flory explores the techniques and themes that are used in black film noir to orchestrate the audience's emotions of sympathy and empathy felt toward morally complex characters whom people might not typically find appealing in real life, such as thugs, drug dealers, or murderers. Using an approach that combines the cognitive insights of theorists like David Bordwell, No l Carroll, and Murray Smith with the reflective Wittgensteinian methods for considering film employed by Stanley Cavell, Stephen Mulhall, and William Rothman, Flory shows how these films scrutinize the state of race in America, induce their viewers to do so as well, and illuminate the ways in which categories of race have defined and continue to direct much of our vision of the moral self and what counts as appropriate moral sensibility.

About Author

Dan Flory is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Montana State University.


Contents Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Philosophy and the Blackness of Film Noir Recent Philosophical Theories of Race Philosophy, Cognition, and Film Theory What Is Black Film? What Is Film Noir? Film Noir's Subversive Possibilities What Is Black Noir? 1. Spike Lee and the Sympathetic Racist Whoand WhatIs Sal? Critical Reflection and Sympathetic Racists Spike Lee and Institutional Racism 2. Noir Protagonists and Empathy in Do the Right Thing Moral Ambiguity, Suspense, and Noir Characterization Hitchcockian "Subjective Suspense" and the Spectrum of Noir Characters Do the Right Thing and Noir Characterization Empathy for Radio Raheem? Mookie Agonistes Da Mayor and Moral Orientation Critical Reflection and the Role of Empathy in Do the Right Thing 3. Race and Tragedy in One False Move A Hurricane of Sympathy and Racism Racism, Tragedy, and Empathy Alignment, Point of View, and Empathetic Response to Lila Sympathetic Racists and Audience Allegiance in Black and White 4. Nihilism and Knowledge in Clockers Cultivating Empathy for a Clocker Internalized Racism in Teaching and Explanation Oppression and Alternative Possibilities Rocco Klein as Sympathetic Racist Cop Sympathy and How to Do the Right Thing Aesthetic Response, Race, and Black Noir 5. "Guilty of Blackness" Flawed Noir Narratives: New Jack City and Boyz 'N the Hood Racial Oppression and Personal Psychology: Juice Menace II Society and the Meaning of Life Black Noir, Nihilism, and Film as Philosophy 6. Beyond the Gangsta Working for "the Man": Deep Cover Narrative Voice and Epistemic Authority Learning from the Logic of White Power Jerry Carver, Pimp for White Power Making a Difference Epistemologically Against Self-Interest: The Glass Shield Race and the Noir Lessons of History: Devil in a Blue Dress Black Noir Moves Beyond the Gangsta 7. Other Forms of Blackness Eve's Bayou and Its Critical Reception Film Noir and Female Gothic Melodrama Eve's Gothic Noir World Noir, Empathy, and African-American Female Characters What Is It Like To Be a Caveman? The Injustice of the Everyday: Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned Training Day, Empathy, and Moral Corruption 8. Noir and Beyond White Fears of the Other: Summer of Sam Transcending Human Differences in 8 Mile The Evolving Racial Contract: Out of Time and Never Die Alone Bamboozled by Blackface A Noir Atlantic: From Hell, Empire, City of God, Dirty Pretty Things, The Constant Gardener, Catch A Fire, and Children of Men Conclusion: Race, Film Noir, and Philosophical Reflection Cavellian Individualities and Film as Philosophy A Taxonomy of Empathy and Expanding Moral Imagination Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780271033440
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780271033440
  • weight: 653
  • ISBN10: 0271033444

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