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The Reality of Film: Theories of Filmic Reality Hardcover – February 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0719082689 ISBN-10: 0719082684

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719082684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719082689
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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... a lucid and careful intervention through the seemingly well-worn but under-scrutinized reality and film debate. -- Timothy R. Holland. Film-Philosophy Insisting on cinema's activity, namely its ability to produce beyond its oftlauded mimetic qualities, has arguably never been more relevant. -- Timothy R. Holland. Film-Philosophy Many readers will find the strength of The Reality of Film is its accessability. -- Timothy R. Holland. Film-Philosophy ... argument powerfully convincing and plausible. -- Timothy R. Holland. Film-Philosophy ... Rushton strives to confront political modernism's confines. -- Timothy R. Holland. Film-Philosophy Its impetus and moral is to always (re)consider films anew and to commit to the wonder and awe that cinema can initiate, an affect, we would be wise to remember, mobilized by human imagination. In so doing, Rushton reminds the reader of the work left to be done in film studies, of the new avenues of inquiry wrenched open when cinema's questions are stirred and its potential awoken, its examination incomplete. -- Timothy R. Holland. Film-Philosophy

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Richard Rushton is Lecturer in Film and Cultural Studies at Lancaster University.

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When film theorists talk about the connection between film and reality, they tend to be interested in how well or badly film depicts the reality that exists "out there," independent of its filmic presentation. They are asking whether film can do a good job of representing reality. Realists argue that what is special about film, and what filmmakers ought to strive for, is its photographic potential to capture and depict aspects of reality just as they are. Others argue that "realism" is an effect, achieved deliberately by means of techniques that hide the artifice of cinema, and thereby dupe the audience into accepting what they see without question. Rushton argues that both camps get it wrong, that both begin with the illegitimate assumption that film is at best a mirror or representation, with a secondary status in relation to the reality it mirrors or represents. Both camps tacitly presume a reality that exists on its own apart from our representations of it and yet to which we have access enough in order to assess directly the adequacy or inferiority of film. As a challenge to this assumption, Rushton seeks here to explore the sense in which film itself is a part of reality, of that reality to which alone we have any kind of access, which means the reality of our shared experience as human beings. He looks at several prominent film theorists whose work hints at ways to conceive film as a reality in its own right, a reality with which to contend on its own terms and not only or primarily in relation to the subject-independent reality that it is supposed to depict.Read more ›
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