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Author Metz, Christian, author.

Title Impersonal enunciation, or the place of film / Christian Metz ; translated by Cormac Deane ; afterword by Dana Polan
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 247 pages)
Series Film and culture
Film and culture.
Contents Table of Contents ; Acknowledgments ; Translator's Introduction; Part I: Humanoid Enunciation; 1. Humanoid Enunciation; Part II: Some Landscapes of Enunciation (A Guided Tour); 2. The Voice of Address in the Image: The Look to Camera; 3. The Voice of Address Outside the Image: Related Sounds; 4. Written Modes of Address; 5. Secondary Screens, or Squaring the Rectangle; 6. Mirrors; 7. "Exposing the Apparatus"; 8. Film(s) Within Film; 9. Subjective Images, Subjective Sounds, Point of View"; 10. The I-voice and Related Sounds; 11. The Oriented Objective System: Enunciation and Style
12. "Neutral" Images and SoundsPart III: A Walk in the Clouds (Taking Theoretical Flight); 13. (Taking Theoretical Flight); Afterword, by Dana Polan; Notes; On the Shelf: Works Cited; Index
Summary Christian Metz is best known for applying Saussurean theories of semiology to film analysis. In the 1970s, he used Sigmund Freud's psychology and Jacques Lacan's mirror theory to explain the popularity of cinema. In this final book, Metz uses the concept of enunciation to articulate how films "speak" and explore where this communication occurs, offering critical direction for theorists who struggle with the phenomena of new media. If a film frame contains another frame, which frame do we emphasize' And should we consider this staging an impersonal act of enunciation' Consulting a range of genres and national trends, Metz builds a novel theory around the placement and subjectivity of screens within screens, which pulls in-and forces him to reassess-his work on authorship, film language, and the position of the spectator. Metz again takes up the linguistic and theoretical work of Benveniste, Genette, Casetti, and Bordwell, drawing surprising conclusions that presage current writings on digital media. Metz's analysis enriches work on cybernetic emergence, self-assembly, self-reference, hypertext, and texts that self-produce in such a way that the human element disappears. A critical introduction by Cormac Deane bolsters the connection between Metz's findings and nascent digital-media theory, emphasizing Metz's keen awareness of the methodological and philosophical concerns we wrestle with today
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Motion pictures -- History.
Narration (Rhetoric)
ART / Film & Video
Motion pictures.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Deane, Cormac, translator.
Polan, Dana B., 1953-
ISBN 0231540647
Other Titles √Čnonciation impersonnelle, ou, Le site du film. English
Place of film