Testing Coherence in Narrative Film

  • Katerina Virvidaki

Part of the Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television book series (CRFT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Katerina Virvidaki
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Achievement of Synthesis and the Intelligibility of the Film’s Fictional World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Katerina Virvidaki
      Pages 45-67
  4. Apparent Incoherence and Dramatic Significance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Katerina Virvidaki
      Pages 71-109
    3. Katerina Virvidaki
      Pages 111-146
    4. Katerina Virvidaki
      Pages 147-180
    5. Katerina Virvidaki
      Pages 203-211
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-218

About this book


This book examines the concept of coherence in film studies. It asks if there are ways to appreciate the achievement of coherence in narrative films that are characterised by an eccentric or difficult style, as well as by an apparently confusing intelligibility. In order to answer this critical question, the author argues that we need to reconsider the predominant understanding of the concept of coherence in film studies. Virvidaki identifies how a general function of coherence is manifested through the aesthetic of transparency and unobtrusiveness of classical Hollywood film. The author then proceeds to a close analysis of stylistically perplexing narrative films, in order to demonstrate how we can broaden, expand and readjust the classical criteria of coherence. Testing Coherence in Narrative Film will appeal to film and philosophy scholars interested in aesthetics and narrative form.


Style in film Meaning in film Classical hollywood V.F. Perkins G. Wilson Dramatic Unity Intelligibility Aesthetics

Authors and affiliations

  • Katerina Virvidaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Hellenic Open UniversityPatrasGreece

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