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The Address of the Eye : A Phenomenology of Film Experience - Vivian Sobchack

The Address of the Eye

A Phenomenology of Film Experience

Paperback Published: 3rd December 1991
ISBN: 9780691008745
Number Of Pages: 354

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Cinema is a sensuous object, but in our presence it becomes also a sensing, sensual, sense-making subject. Thus argues Vivian Sobchack as she challenges basic assumptions of current film theory that reduce film to an object of vision and the spectator to a victim of a deterministic cinematic apparatus. Maintaining that these premises ignore the material and cultural-historical situations of both the spectator and the film, the author makes the radical proposal that the cinematic experience depends on two "viewers" viewing: the spectator and the film, each existing as both subject and object of vision. Drawing on existential and semiotic phenomenology, and particularly on the work of Merleau-Ponty, Sobchack shows how the film experience provides empirical insight into the reversible, dialectical, and signifying nature of that embodied vision we each live daily as both "mine" and "another's." In this attempt to account for cinematic intelligibility and signification, the author explores the possibility of human choice and expressive freedom within the bounds of history and culture.

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Phenomenology and the Film Experiencep. 3
The Embodied and Enworlded Eye: Perception and Expressionp. 8
Film Theory and the Objectification of Embodied Visionp. 14
Phenomenology and Film Theoryp. 26
The Act of Being with One's Own Eyesp. 51
Intentionality, Embodiment, and Movementp. 57
The Viewing Subjectp. 97
Film and/as Viewing Subjectp. 128
Whose Body? A Brief Meditation on Sexual Difference and Other Bodily Discriminationsp. 143
Film's Bodyp. 164
Technology and Instrumentalityp. 169
Tile Film Embodiedp. 203
Film's Body: A Brief Intentional Historyp. 248
The Address of the Eyep. 260
Thesis and Antithesis: The Paranoia of Split Visionp. 262
Synthesis: The Dialectics of Double Visionp. 270
The Eye's Addressp. 285
Toward the "Incorporation" of Subjective Experience in Film Theoryp. 290
Becoming and Concluding: The End Is In-Sightp. 300
Selected Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 323
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691008745
ISBN-10: 0691008744
Series: 27
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 3rd December 1991
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.4 x 22.7  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.53