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Film and Fine Art: Automatism, Automata and “The Myth of Total Cinema” in The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffmann

  • Kristin Boyce
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Abstract

The philosophy and theory of film began with the skeptical question of whether film could be an art, given the mechanical way its moving pictures were produced. Theorists such as Noël Carroll and Victor Perkins have persuasively argued that the legacy of its defensive beginnings continues to compromise both philosophy and theory of film. This chapter seeks to contribute to an ongoing collective effort to overcome the effects of this legacy. It focuses on two films that invite comparisons not to painting or theater but to dance—Powell and Pressburger’s The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffmann. It argues that the right kind of attention to these films sheds new light on both what film is and how it is related to the other arts.

Keywords

The Red Shoes Tales of Hoffmann Powell and Pressburger Noël Carroll Victor Perkins Stanley Cavell The possibilities of the medium Ballet Dance Medium Automatism Automata 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristin Boyce
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  1. 1.Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleUSA

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