Film Consciousness: From Phenomenology to Deleuze

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McFarland, Feb 26, 2008 - Performing Arts - 227 pages
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The notion of film consciousness is one that has played around various film and philosophical discourses without ever really surfacing as a cogent theory. Representing the first major expression of film consciousness as a tangible concept, this critical study revisits notions of memory, retentional consciousness, narrative expectation, and spatio-temporal perception while also analyzing several major films. The first half of the book focuses on understanding the elements of the film experience--and its associated consciousness--through the descriptive tools of phenomenology. The second part develops the idea of film consciousness as a unique vision of the world and as a large element in the human understanding of reality. Throughout the work, the author combines the ideas of philosophers and film theorists from phenomenology--such as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Bazin, and Kracauer--with the postmodernist work of Deleuze and transitional theorists Bergson and Benjamin.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 Phenomenology and Film
21
2 Phenomenological Grounding
34
3 Body and Transcendence
56
4 Reel Time
81
The New Realm of Film Consciousness
106
6 Deleuze and Cinema
146
7 Marking Time
168
Chapter Notes
195
Bibliography
209
Index
215
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Spencer Shaw is a lecturer (of rhetoric and negotiations) at the International Copenhagen Business School and Open University. He lives in Copenhagen.

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