How Movies Think: Cavell on Film as a Medium of Art

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Title:How Movies Think: Cavell on Film as a Medium of Art
Creators:
Eldridge, Richard; reldrid1 at swarthmore dot edu; Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, United States
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 51, 1, pp. 3-21
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cavell S., film, medium-specificity, aesthetic experience, art

Abstract

Stanley Cavell’s writing about movies, from the more theoretical and general The World Viewed (1971) to the later works on specific genres (Pursuits of Happiness, Contesting Tears), has a unifying theme: some movies as (successful) art investigate conditions of accomplished selfhood and interest in experience in medium-specific ways. This claim is explained and defended by explicating the details of the medium-specificity of the moving photographic image (and its history of uses) and by focusing on Michael Verhoeven’s film The Nasty Girl (1990). Though the very ideas of accomplished selfhood and interest in experience naturally prompt some suspicion in a commercialized, pluralistic society, our responses to some movies show that we continue to aspire to a life that embodies them.

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Title:How Movies Think: Cavell on Film as a Medium of Art
Creators:
Eldridge, Richard; reldrid1 at swarthmore dot edu; Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, United States
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cavell S., film, medium-specificity, aesthetic experience, art
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:51
Number:1
Page Range:pp. 3-21
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:8134
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:30 May 2014 12:42
Last Modified:30 May 2014 10:42

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Eldridge, Richard (2014) How Movies Think: Cavell on Film as a Medium of Art. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 51 (1). pp. 3-21. ISSN 0014-1291

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