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Written by a team of veteran scholars and emerging talents, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies maps the international traditions of the field, drawing out regional differences in the way that intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been transformed into a field of systematic inquiry. It reflects on the field's conceptual infrastructure, the dominant paradigms and debates, and evaluates their continuing salience. Finally, it looks optimistically to the future of film, the institution of cinema, and the discipline of Film Studies at a time when the very existence of film is being called into question by new technological, industrial, and aesthetic developments.

Film and Philosophy
Film and philosophy

Squidward fulminates against the ‘Krabby Patty’ – the fast-food snack of choice at the Krusty Krab restaurant.

SpongeBob: But it doesn't make any sense – the Krabby Patty is an Absolute Good – nobody is immune to its tasty charms!

‘Just One Bite’, SpongeBob SquarePants (US, 2001)

Writing in 1890, William James expounded the idea that human subjective experience is characterized by a continuous ‘stream of consciousness’ via a striking metaphor (1950: 200). James likened the flow of conscious thought to the impression of continuous movement produced by that proto-cinematic device, the Zoetrope – a circular drum with a succession of pictures on its inner surface, the pictures representing successive, incremental changes in the movement of the figure depicted, viewed through narrow slots ...

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