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What Is Film?

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Julie N. Books

In What Is Film?, Julie N. Books critically evaluates three philosophical doctrines of film realism (transparency, illusionism, and perceptual realism) and defends her view that films are creative works of art. By examining contemporary films, such as computer-animated films and films with computer-generated images, Dr. Books shows how films are creative works of art, thereby undermining the long-held view that films are slavish recordings of reality. This book is ideal for academics and courses on the philosophy of film, film theory, film history, filmmaking, metaphysics, and the philosophy of art.
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Acknowledgments

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I would like to thank Bruce A. Aune, Thomas E. Wartenberg, and Gareth Matthews for helping me with my doctoral dissertation The Ontology of Film (2002), which I have updated by discussing more recent films in this book. I would also like to thank my husband, father, friends, and pets for their support. Finally, I would like to thank the editors at Peter Lang Publishing for their assistance with publishing this book. ← ix | x →

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