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Transcendence and Film

Cinematic Encounters with the Real

by David P. Nichols Editor · Dylan James Trigg Contributor

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In this edited collection of essays, ten experts in film philosophy explore the importance of transcendence for understanding cinema as an art form. They analyze the role of transcendence for some of the most innovative film directors: David Cronenberg, Karl Theodor Dreyer, Federico Fellini, Werner Herzog, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Yasujiro Ozu, and Martin Scorsese. Meanwhile they apply concepts of transcendence from continental philosophers like Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze, Martin Heidegger, Michel Henry, Edmund Husserl, Karl Jaspers, Søren Kierkegaard, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Each of the ten chapters results in a different perspective about what transcendence means and how it is essential to film as an art medium. Several common threads emerge among the chapters. The contributors find that the limitations of human existence are frequently made evident in moments of transcendence, so as to bring characters to the margins of their assumed world. At other times, transcendence goes immanent, so as to emerge in experiences of the surprising nearness of being, as though for a radical intensification of life. Film can also exhibit "ciphers of transcendence" whereby symbolic events open us to greater realizations about our place in the world. Lastly, the contributors observe that transcendence occurs in film, not simply from isolated moments forced into a storyline, but in a manner rooted within an ontological rhythm peculiar to the film itself.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication Date:
2019

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David P. Nichols (Editor)

David P. Nichols is associate professor of philosophy at Saginaw Valley State University.

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David P. Nichols (Contributor)

David P. Nichols is associate professor of philosophy at Saginaw Valley State University.

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Creators

Contributor :
Joseph Westfall
Contributor :
K. Malcolm Richards
Contributor :
Jason M. Wirth
Contributor :
Kevin L. Stoehr
Contributor :
Frédéric Seyler
Editor :
David P. Nichols
Contributor :
David P. Nichols
Contributor :
Dylan James Trigg
Contributor :
Herbert Golder
Contributor :
Allan Casebier
Contributor :
John B. Brough
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