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Classical Hollywood CinemaPoint of view and communication$
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James Zborowski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083341

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083341.001.0001

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Distance, representation and criticism

Distance, representation and criticism

(p.44) 2 Distance, representation and criticism
Classical Hollywood Cinema

James Zborowski

Manchester University Press

Chapter 2 demonstrates, by reviewing existing theoretical accounts and by using as a case study Anatomy of a Murder (Preminger, 1959), that to conceptualise an artwork as comprising a range of axes or spectrums of distance is a powerful way of exploring its handling of point of view (and its achievements in this regard). It uses the work of Robert Pippin and Harold Adams Innis to offer a reading of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as a film concerned with the cultural and historical effects of different media of communication, including the distances these different media span and create. In its conclusion it offers a synthesis of the arguments of various members of the ‘Frankfurt School’ and the ‘Toronto School’ in order to suggest certain aesthetically- and historically-specific properties of the narrative fiction film as a medium of expression and communication – particularly, its relationship to publicness and privacy.

Keywords:   point of view, distance, communication, media, film, John Ford, Otto Preminger, Frankfurt School, Toronto School

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