- Subject index
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.
Chapter 23: Cinema/Ideology/Society: The Political Expectations of Film Theory
Cinema/Ideology/Society: The Political Expectations of Film Theory
Reality is what actually happens in a factory, in a school, in the barracks, in a prison, in a police station.
The assumed link between cinema and social criticism begins with the fact that moving pictures, a nineteenth-century invention, exhibited such an amazing similarity to the social world, not as it was but as it appeared to its observers. This likeness was remarked upon again and again at the inception of the cinematograph. Certainly, the case has often been made that cinema is able to bring social realities to visibility more effectively than any other form of art or culture. Encapsulating the political anticipation attached to the ...