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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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Cinematic Authorship

Cinematic Authorship

(p.132) 5 Cinematic Authorship
Film Theory and Philosophy

Paisley Livingston

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that cinematic authorship is still a controversial topic in studios. There are some scholars that allow authorship in independent film production but not in studio-produced works. Paisley Livingston's goal is to defend the idea of solitary artistic genius which is the fundamental unit of cultural analysis. Definitions of what an author is, is noted in this chapter. The chapter also looks at the concept of a cinematic author. One particular definition of what a cinematic author is stands out. A cinematic author is an agent who intentionally makes a cinematic utterance. As far as whether there are real or unreal authors, there is a complex debate about it. There are two reasons why the cinema is suited to an anti-realist notion of authorship: ontological and epistemological.

Keywords:   cinematic authorship, Paisley Livingston, cultural analysis, cinematic author, ontological, epistemological

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