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From 1968 to 1991 the acclaimed film theorist Christian Metz wrote several remarkable books on film theory: Essais sur la signifi cation au cinéma, tome1 et 2; Langage et cinéma; Le signifiant imaginaire; and L’Enonciation impersonnelle. These books set the agenda of academic film studies during its formative period. Metz’s ideas were taken up, digested, refined,reinterpreted, criticized and sometimes dismissed, but rarely ignored.This volume collects and translates into English for the first time a series of interviews with Metz, who offers readable summaries,elaborations, and explanations of his sometimes complex and demanding theories of film. He speaks informally of the most fundamental concepts that constitute the heart of film theory as an academic discipline — concepts borrowed from linguistics, semiotics, rhetoric, narratology, and psychoanalysis.Within the colloquial language of the interview, we witness Metz’s initial formation and development of his film theory. The interviewers act as curious readers who pose probing questions to Metz about his books, and seek clarification and elaboration of his key concepts. We also discover the contents of his unpublished manuscript on jokes, his relation to Roland Barthes, and the social networks operative in the French intellectual community during the 1970s and 1980s.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title, Title, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Publication details
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  1. Introductions
  1. A Furious Exactitude: An Overview of Christian Metz’s Film Theory
  2. Warren Buckland
  3. pp. 11-32
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  1. Christian Metz and the Constellation of French Film Journals in the 1960s and 1970s
  2. Daniel Fairfax
  3. pp. 33-50
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  1. Interviews
  1. Works of Christian Metz frequently cited in the interviews
  2. pp. 51-54
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  1. 1. Semiology, Linguistics, Cinema: Interview with Christian Metz
  2. René Fouque, Eliane Le Grivés, Simon Luciani
  3. pp. 55-68
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  1. 2. On ‘Specificity’: Interview with Christian Metz
  2. Jean-André Fieschi
  3. pp. 69-82
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  1. 3. Interview on Film Semiology
  2. Raymond Bellour, Christian Metz
  3. pp. 83-108
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  1. 4. Interview with Christian Metz
  2. Daniel Percheron, Marc Vernet
  3. pp. 109-144
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  1. 5. Round Table on Film Theory
  2. Christian Metz, Michel Fano, Jean Paul Simon, Noël Simsolo
  3. pp. 145-160
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  1. 6. Conversation on The Imaginary Signifier and Essais Sémiotiques
  2. Christian Metz, Jean Paul Simon, Marc Vernet
  3. pp. 161-178
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  1. 7. The Cinematic Apparatus as Social Institution – An Interview with Christian Metz
  2. Sandy Flitterman, Bill Guynn, Roswitha Mueller, Jacquelyn Suter
  3. pp. 179-204
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  1. 8. A Seminar with Christian Metz: Cinema, Semiology, Psychoanalysis, History
  2. Chaired by Rick Thompson
  3. pp. 205-230
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  1. 9. Responses to Hors Cadre on The Imaginary Signifier
  2. Christian Metz
  3. pp. 231-242
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  1. 10. Interview with Christian Metz
  2. Michel Marie, Marc Vernet
  3. pp. 243-274
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  1. 11. Christian Metz: Interview
  2. André Gaudreault
  3. pp. 275-282
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  1. 12. Twenty-Five Years Later: An Assessment. An Ethics of Semiology
  2. Interview with Christian Metz by André Gardies
  3. pp. 283-308
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-310
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048526734
Related ISBN(s)
9789089648259
MARC Record
OCLC
1111316198
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-04
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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