Cavell on Film

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William Rothman
SUNY Press, 2005 M04 21 - 427 pages
Stanley Cavell's most important writings on cinema, collected together for the first time in one volume.

This extensive collection offers a substantially complete retrospective of Stanley Cavell’s previously uncollected writings on film. Cavell is the only major philosopher in the Anglo-American tradition who has made film a central concern of his work, and his work offers inspiration and new directions to the field of film studies. The essays and other writings in this volume, presented in the order of their composition, range from major theoretical statements and extended critical studies of individual films or filmmakers to occasional pieces, all of which illuminate Cavell’s practice of philosophy as it has developed in the more than three decades since the publication of The World Viewed. All periods of Cavell’s career are represented, from the 1970s to the present, and the book includes many previously unpublished essays written since the early 1990s. In his introduction, William Rothman provides a useful and eloquent overview of Cavell’s work on film and his aims as a philosopher more generally.

Stanley Cavell is Walter M. Cabot Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. His most recent book is Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life.
 

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Contents

What Becomes of Things on Film? 1978
1
On Makavejev on Bergman 1979
11
th by Northwest 1981
41
The Fact of Television 1982
59
The Thought of Movies 1983
87
What Good Is a Film Museum? What Is a Film Culture? 1983
107
What Photography Calls Thinking 1985
115
A Capra Moment 1985
135
Marie 1993
183
and The Winters Tide 1994
205
Collecting 1998
241
La Projection du monde 1999
281
The Image of the Psychoanalyst in Film 2000
295
Index
383
221
389
287
395

The Fantastic of Philosophy 1986
145
Two Cheers for Romance 1988
153

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Stanley Cavell is Walter M. Cabot Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. His most recent book is Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life.

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