Description: 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.
Review: "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
Contents: Introduction: What is Film-Philosophy? Felicity Colman PART 1: WHAT IS CINEMA? 1. Hugo Munsterberg, Robert Sinnerbrink 2. Vilem Flusser, Adrian Martin 3. Siegfried Kracauer, Drehli Robnik 4. Theodor Adorno, Julie Kuhlken 5. Antonin Artaud, Anna Powell 6. Henri Bergson, Dorothea Olkowski 7. Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Helen Fielding 8. Emmanuel Levinas, Sarah Cooper 9. Andre Bazin, Hunter Vaughan 10. Roland Barthes, Colin Gardner PART 2: POLITICS OF THE CINEMATIC CENTURY 11. Serge Daney, Garin Dowd 12. Jean-Luc Godard, Zsuzsa Baross 13. Stanley Cavell, Rex Butler 14. Jean-Luc Nancy, Clare Colebrook 15. Jacques Derrida, Louise Burchill 16. Gilles Deleuze, John Mullarkey 17. Sarah Kofman, Tom Conley 18. Paul Virilio, Felicity Colman 19. Jean Baudrillard, Catherine Constable 20. Francois Lyotard, Lisa Trahair 21. Fredric Jameson, Scott Durham 22. Felix Guattari, Gary Genosko PART 3: CINEMATIC NATURE 23. Raymond Bellour, Michael Goddard 24. Christian Metz, Richard Rushton 25. Julia Kristeva, Patricia MacCormack 26. Laura Mulvey, David Sorfa 27. Homi Bhabha, Patricia Pisters 28. Slavoj Zizek, Laurence Simmons 29. Stephen Heath, Fred Botting 30. Alain Badiou, Stephen Zepke 31. Jacques Ranciere, Sudeep Dasgupta 32. Giorgio Agamben, Christian McCrea Notes Bibliography Index
Author Biography: Felicity Colman is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia