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Film Theory and Philosophy$
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Richard Allen and Murray Smith

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159216.001.0001

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On Film Narrative and Narrative Meaning

On Film Narrative and Narrative Meaning

(p.221) 9 On Film Narrative and Narrative Meaning
Film Theory and Philosophy

George Wilson

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This chapter gives a study on film narrative and narrative meaning. The study is divided in three categories: explicative interpretation, bigger than life, and meaning as significance. The first category is concerned with how Bordwell constructed a broad challenge to what has been the dominance of interpretative work in the interpretation of film studies. The second category concerns how Wilson concentrated initially upon the enigmatic scene. He discussed how ‘meaning’ arises in a narrative setting. The last category is about the meaning as signification and the meaning as significance. There is a familiar sense in which the meaning of an event or action is fundamentally constructed in terms of its place within a relevant network or casuality. It is important to point out that the liabilities of linguistic models of narrative meaning and alternative conception are available.

Keywords:   linguistic models, film narrative, narrative meaning, explicative interpretation, Bordwell

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