Linguistic film theory

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Linguistic film theory[1] is a form of film theory that studies the aesthetics of film by investigating the concepts and practices that comprise the experience and interpretation of movies.


Linguistic film theory was proposed by Stanley Cavell[1] and it is based on the philosophical tradition begun by late Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Critics from this tradition often clarify misconceptions used in theoretical film studies[2][3] and instead produce analysis of a film's vocabulary and its link to a form of life.

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  1. ^ a b The Dualist Vols. 1–6, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1994, p. 56.
  2. ^ David Bordwell; Noël Carroll, eds. (1996). Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. p. 109. 
  3. ^ Annette Kuhn and Guy Westwell (2012). "Post-theory" in A Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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