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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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Toward a Definition of Moving-Picture Dance

Toward a Definition of Moving-Picture Dance

(p.234) Chapter 11 Toward a Definition of Moving-Picture Dance
Engaging the Moving Image

Noël Carroll

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses dance as an often featured activity in moving pictures almost since its inception. The obvious reason for this is that the natural subject of moving pictures is movement. Dances—along with hurtling locomotives, car chases, cattle stampedes, tennis matches, intergalactic dog-fights, and the like—move. Thus, a significant portion of the history of moving pictures involves dance movement. Many moving-picture makers have devoted admirable amounts of effort and imagination to portraying dance in or through media as diverse as film, video, and computer animation. The purpose of this chapter is to attempt to offer a philosophical characterization of this field of activity; that is, the author attempts to define moving-picture dance. Many readers may find the intentions of this chapter boring. The concrete achievements of the field are more important than abstractions about it. Nevertheless, despite the author's ready acknowledgment of this, he persists for several reasons, which are discussed in the following sections.

Keywords:   dance, moving pictures, movement, moving-picture dance

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