Realism and anti-realism in film theory

Critical Horizons 9 (2):157-175 (2008)
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Abstract

This essay argues that film as a medium breaks through the clearly delineated boundaries between realism and anti-realism that have been established by film theory. Film itself is basically indifferent to each. As an alternative to both, I put forward a thesis of indeterminism, which argues that films engender a unique event of sight and sound that does not have to be perceived to be a real event or an illusion of such an event.

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Martin Seel
Goethe University Frankfurt