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The Europeanization of CinemaInterzones and Imaginative Communities$
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Randall Halle

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038457

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038457.001.0001

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The Film Apparatus

The Film Apparatus

(p.29) Chapter 1 The Film Apparatus
The Europeanization of Cinema

Randall Halle

University of Illinois Press

This chapter illustrates how the discussion of cinematic apparatus was international and in many instances foundational for the establishment of film studies as a discipline. Apparatus offered a means to consider precisely the study of film as more than formal analysis of the projected image; it sought to arrive at a more comprehensive discussion of cinema. The production of the image was understood not simply as an industrial tale, but as a matter of signification, social relations, modes of production, methods of projection, space of reception, and subjective effects on spectators. In the 1960s, the discourse on the apparatus was connected to the quest for revolutionary forms. By the 1980s, the debates regarding apparatus theory became bogged down by considerations of ideology and an overwhelming focus on psychoanalytic models.

Keywords:   cinematic apparatus, film studies, projected image, social relations, film production, spectators, apparatus theory, film

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