24.213 Philosophy of Film

As taught in: Fall 2004

A photo of a cameraman, director and two actors on a set.

Filming a burlesque on the burning of Rome, 1922. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-119624 (b&w film copy neg.)].)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Irving Singer

Course Features

Course Description

This course is a seminar on the philosophical analysis of film art, with an emphasis on the ways in which it creates meaning through techniques that define a formal structure. There is a particular focus on aesthetic problems about appearance and reality, literary and visual effects, communication and alienation through film technology.

Technical Requirements

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