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What Is Film?


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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Books, Julie N., author. Title: What is film? / Julie N. Books. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: American university studies. V, Philosophy; Vol. 224 ISSN 0739-6392 Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016009089| ISBN 978-1-4331-3408-1 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1870-8 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: Motion pictures—Philosophy. Classification: LCC PN1995 .B614 2016 | DDC 791.4301—dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

Cover illustration: Julie N. Books, Summer Fantasy (1986). Oil on canvas, 30 in. x 36 in., Winchester, Virginia. © 2016 Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York 29 Broadway, 18th floor, New York, NY 10006 All rights reserved. Reprint or reproduction, even partially, in all forms such as microfilm, xerography, microfiche, microcard, and offset strictly prohibited.

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