Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 23 (46):78-95 (2013)
AbstractIs cinematicity a virtue in film? Is lack of cinematicity a defect? Berys Gaut thinks so. He claims that cinematicity is a pro tanto virtue in film. I disagree. I argue that the term “cinematic” principally refers to some cluster of characteristics found in films featuring the following: expansive scenery, extreme depth of field, high camera positioning, and elaborate tracking shots. We often use the word as a term of praise. And we are likely right to do so. We are right if we mean that the film does well what movies often do well. We are wrong if we mean that the film is good for doing what is merely distinctive of film. This issue has important implications for understanding the role of the medium in artistic evaluation. I argue that we should reject Gaut’s claim because it entails an implausibly strong medium specificity thesis
Similar books and articles
Recent Work on Cinema as Philosophy.Paisley Nathan Livingston - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (4):590-603.
Berys Gaut's A Philosophy of Cinematic Art.T. Ponech - 2012 - British Journal of Aesthetics 52 (2):187-190.
A Philosophy of Cinematic Art – Berys Gaut.Katherine Thomson-Jones - 2011 - Philosophical Quarterly 61 (243):445-446.
The Philosophy of the Movies : Cinematic Narration.Berys Gaut - 2004 - In Peter Kivy (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics. Blackwell. pp. 230--253.
A Philosophy of Cinematic Art by Gaut, Berys.Jinhee Choi - 2011 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (2):235-237.
The Literary Origins of the Cinematic Narrator.Katherine Thomson-Jones - 2007 - British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (1):76-94.
Film and Phenomenology: Toward a Realist Theory of Cinematic Representation.Allan Casebier - 1991 - Cambridge University Press.
Cinematic Belief: Bazinian Cinephilia and Malick's the Tree of Life.Robert Sinnerbrink - 2012 - Angelaki 17 (4):95 - 117.
Review of Berys Gaut, A Philosophy of Cinematic Art. [REVIEW]Carl Plantinga - 2010 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (7).
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
Cinematic Humanism: Cinematic, Dramatic, and Humanistic Value in Fiction Films.Britt Harrison - 2022 - Dissertation, University of York
References found in this work
Aesthetics From Classical Greece to the Present: A Short History.Monroe C. Beardsley - 1966 - University Alabama Press.
Aesthetics From Classical Greece to the Present: A Short History.Stephen C. Pepper - 1966 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 25 (2):213-215.