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Visions Of Virtue In Popular Film : Thinking Through Cinema - Joseph H. Kupfer

Visions Of Virtue In Popular Film

Thinking Through Cinema

Paperback Published: 17th September 1999
ISBN: 9780813367217
Number Of Pages: 251

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A work in both aesthetics and ethics, this book proceeds from the interplay of film and philosophy. It examines a group of first-rate popular movies to show how films which wonderfully entertain audiences also contain developed and important conceptions of virtue. By interpreting popular movies from this philosophical viewpoint the book deepens our aesthetic appreciation of film. At the same time, the analyses of film illustrate how narratives are essential to moral reflection by filling out and extending our understanding of moral life with the particulars of their characters and stories. The film interpretations can be read independently or as building within a series of ever-widening social contexts. Beginning with emphasis on the development of the virtuous individual ("Groundhog Day"), the discussion moves to romantic friendship ("The African Queen"), family ("Parenthood"), and then to cooperative community ("Rob Roy"). The concluding films are about virtuous individuals who must act within alienating social conditions: family and community are undermined ("Fresh") or they have been eclipsed by economic forces and interests ("Jaws" and "Aliens"). Free of technical language and theorizing, the essays in this book should appeal to film fans and philosophers, in or out of the classroom.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction Visions of Virtue in Popular Filmp. 1
Film Criticism and Virtue Theoryp. 13
Virtue and Happiness in Groundhog Dayp. 35
Notesp. 58
The Work of Love in the African Queenp. 61
The Virtues of Parenthoodp. 91
Language, Community, and Evil in Rob Royp. 123
Fresh Phronesisp. 155
Character in Crisis: Reluctant Heroes in Jews and Aliensp. 187
Notesp. 220
Concluding Anglesp. 223
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780813367217
ISBN-10: 0813367212
Series: Thinking Through Cinema
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 17th September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1