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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.

Difficult Relations: Film Studies and Continental European Philosophy
Difficult relations: Film studies and continental european philosophy

This chapter looks at three central case-studies in the sometimes vexed relationship between European philosophy and the quintessentially, if ambivalent, modern institution of cinema. The aim is not only to address what European philosophy has had to say about cinema and film, but also to suggest some of the questions that cinema has posed to such philosophy and to show how, in doing so, cinema has impacted upon philosophy.

The case-studies considered are: the relationship between film writing and Frankfurt School philosophy; Merleau-ponty's phenomenology as a broadly influential strand of philosophy-related film scholarship; and, finally, an assessment of the most substantial study of the cinema by a major European philosopher, Gilles ...

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