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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.

‘We Do Not Die Twice’: Realism and Cinema
‘We do not die twice’: Realism and cinema

In her introduction to the anthology Rites of Realism, Ivone Margulies begins by posing a difficult set of questions: ‘How can one recall an event's concrete peculiarity or reproduce its original urgency through a medium that so clearly defers? … How is one to grant a corporeal weight to faces, places, and events through a medium that can imply but lacks depth?’ (2003: 1). The difficult thing about these questions, Margulies adds, is the way they open up a set of issues that constitute a defining moment for Film Studies, the debates on realism and cinema that occurred during the 1970s. In these debates, realism came to stand for something ...

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