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Stanley Cavell: What Becomes of People on Film?

  • Paul Guyer
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Abstract

Stanley Cavell’s “ontology of film” is his way of expressing that in our experience of movies, we are both aware that we are perceiving nothing but flickering light on a screen yet also respond intellectually and emotionally as if we are experiencing real people, although in a world in which we cannot intervene. In his discussions of “comedies of remarriage” and “the melodrama of the unknown woman,” he argues that these movies are about what it is to grow into adult human beings who are free to love and who can accept the risks of loving another free human being.

Keywords

Cavell Ontology Love Freedom Risk Genre Comedy Tragedy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Guyer
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  1. 1.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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