Mindscreen: Bergman, Godard, and First-Person Film

Scholarly Series
Bruce F. Kawin

In the opening chapter of this groundbreaking work, Bruce Kawin asks: can a film—which is already the dream of its maker and its audience, and which can present itself as the dream of one of its characters—appear, finally, to dream itself? Contrary to the classic assumption that all film narration is third person, the author contends that a movie can be narrated in first person through a consciousness that originates either on screen or off.

Through a discussion of Keaton, Welles, Resnais, Bergman, Godard, and even Chuck Jones, Kawin shows how the self-reflexivity of film stimulates the aesthetic, political, and psychological processes of the audience, making possible a greater knowledge and acceptance of ourselves.

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Publication: Scholarly Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 241
ISBN-13: 9781564784612
GTIN13: 9781564784612
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Language: eng
List price: $24.95