Cinema as a representational art

Catharine Abell*

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In this paper, I develop a unified account of cinematic representation as primary depiction. On this account, cinematic representation is a distinctive form of depiction, unique in its capacity to depict temporal properties. I then explore the consequences of this account for the much-contested question of whether cinema is an independent representational art form. I show that it is, and that Scruton ' s argument to the contrary relies on an erroneous conception of cinematic representation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-286
Number of pages14
JournalBritish Journal of Aesthetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


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