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Engaging the Moving Image$
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Noël Carroll

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091953

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091953.001.0001

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Forget the Medium!

Forget the Medium!

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Forget the Medium!
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Engaging the Moving Image
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Noël Carroll

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300091953.003.0001

This chapter argues for the central role played by the film medium in the intellectual history of cinema. It has been a major focus of film theory from early in the twentieth century through the writings of Christian Metz. In a great number of cases, the idea has performed a legitimizing function. The case for film as art was made by arguing that film is a distinctive medium, one with its own range of properties and effects such that it warrants a place of its own in the system of the arts. Film, in other words, was not merely theater in a can. Film, in virtue of its distinctive medium, afforded the possibility of a discrete aesthetic system, one with its own unprecedented capacities and laws. For many, the task of film theory became that of identifying the nature of the film medium and calculating its laws.

Keywords:   film theory, film, intellectual history, cinema, Christian Metz

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