The Continental Philosophy of Film Reader

The Continental Philosophy of Film Reader

By: Joseph Westfall (editor)Paperback

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The first collection of its kind, The Continental Philosophy of Film Reader is the essential anthology of writings by continental philosophers on cinema, representing the last century of film-making and thinking about film, as well as all of the major schools of Continental thought: phenomenology and existentialism, Marxism and critical theory, semiotics and hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, and postmodernism. Included here are not only the classic texts in continental philosophy of film, from Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" to extracts of Deleuze's Cinema and Barthes's Mythologies, but also the earliest works of Continental philosophy of film, from thinkers such as Georg Lukacs, and little-read gems by philosophical giants such as Sartre and Beauvoir. The book demonstrates both the philosophical significance of these thinkers' ideas about film, as well their influence on filmmakers in Europe and across the globe. In addition, however, this wide-ranging collection also teaches us how important film is to the last century of European philosophical thought. Almost every major continental European thinker of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has had something to say-sometimes, quite a lot to say-about cinema: as an art form, as a social or political phenomenon, as a linguistic device and conveyor of information, as a projection of our fears and desires, as a site for oppression and resistance, or as a model on the basis of which some of us, at least, learn how to live. Purpose built for classroom use, with pedagogical features introducing and contextualizing the extracts, this reader is an indispensable tool for students and researchers in philosophy of film, film studies and the history of cinema.

About Author

Joseph Westfall is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown, USA. He is the author of The Kierkegaardian Author (2007), co-editor of the forthcoming Foucault and Nietzsche (Bloomsbury 2017) and has written numerous articles and book chapters on topics in Continental philosophy, aesthetics, and the philosophies of literature and film.


Acknowledgements Introduction Section I: Foundations Chapter 1 Ricciotto Canudo The Birth of the Sixth Art (1911) Chapter 2 Georg Lukacs Thoughts on an Aesthetics of Cinema (1913) Chapter 3 Hugo Munsterberg The Means and Function of the Photoplay (1916) Chapter 4 Rudolf Arnheim Sound Film (1928-1932) Chapter 5 Andre Bazin The Ontology of the Photographic Image (1945) Chapter 6 Jean Epstein Mechanical Philosophy (1946) Chapter 7 Bela Balazs Theory of the Film (1948) Chapter 8 Roland Barthes The Romans in Films (1957) Garbo's Face (1957) Lost Continent (1957) Section II: Phenomenology and Existentialism Chapter 9 Jean-Paul Sartre Motion Picture Art (1931) Chapter 10 Andre Malraux Sketch for a Psychology of the Moving Pictures (1940) Chapter 11 Roman Ingarden The Film (1961) Chapter 12 Maurice Merleau-Ponty The Film and the New Psychology (1964) Chapter 13 Jean Louis Schefer The Ordinary Man of the Cinema (1980) Chapter 14 Serge Daney The Tracking Shot in Kapo (1992) Chapter 15 Daniel Frampton Filmosophy (2006) Section III: Marxism and Critical Theory Chapter 16 Siegfried Kracauer Cult of Distraction: On Berlin's Picture Palaces (1926) Chapter 17 Sergei Eisenstein A Dialectic Approach to Film Form (1931) Chapter 18 Walter Benjamin The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1939) Chapter 19 Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception (1944) Chapter 20 Theodor W. Adorno Transparencies on Film (1966) Chapter 21 Jacques Ranciere A Thwarted Fable (2001) Section IV: Psychology and Psychoanalysis Chapter 22 Jean Mitry The Psychology of Montage (1963) Chapter 23 Jean-Louis Baudry Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus (1970) Chapter 24 Felix Guattari A Cinema of Desire (1973) The Poor Man's Couch (1975) Chapter 25 Julia Kristeva Fantasy and Cinema (1997) Chapter 26 Slavoj Zizek The Strange Case of the Missing Lacanians (2001) Section V: Feminism and Gender Studies Chapter 27 Simone de Beauvoir Brigitte Bardot and the Lolita Syndrome (1959) Chapter 28 Laura Mulvey Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (1975) Chapter 29 Teresa de Lauretis Through the Looking-Glass: Women, Cinema, and Language (1984) Chapter 30 Judith Butler Gender is Burning (1993) Chapter 31 Judith Halberstam The Transgender Look (2005) Chapter 32 Tina Chanter Concluding Reflections on the Necrophilia of Fetishism (2008) Chapter 33 Drucilla Cornell Shooting Eastwood (2009) Section VI: Postmodernism Chapter 34 Edgar Morin The Semi-imaginary Reality of Man (1956) Chapter 35 Monique Wittig Lacunary Films (1966) Chapter 36 Jean-Francois Lyotard Acinema (1973) Chapter 37 Michel Foucault Film and Popular Memory (1974) Chapter 38 Jean Baudrillard History: A Retro Scenario (1981) Chapter 39 Paul Virilio The Imposture of Immediacy (1984) Sicut Prior est Tempore ita quo Potio Iure (1984) Chapter 40 Gilles Deleuze The Time-Image (1985) Chapter 41 Giorgio Agamben Notes on Gesture (1992) Chapter 42 Jean-Luc Nancy On Evidence: Life and Nothing More, by Abbas Kiarostami (1995) Chapter 43 Alain Badiou The False Movements of Cinema (1998) Chapter 44 Jacques Derrida Cinema and Its Ghosts (2000) Chapter 45 Bernard Stiegler Cinematic Time (2001) Epilogue Giorgio Agamben The Six Most Beautiful Minutes in the History of Cinema (2005) Index

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  • Number Of Pages: 680
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