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Philosophy of language film analysis

The philosophy of language film analysis is a form of film analysis that studies the aesthetics of film by investigating the concepts and practices that comprise the experience and interpretation of movies. It is based on the philosophical tradition begun by Ludwig Wittgenstein. Critics from this tradition often clarify misconceptions used in theoretical film studies and instead produce analysis of a film's vocabulary and its link to a form of life.


  • Richard Allen, "Cognitive Film Theory," in Wittgenstein, Theory and the Arts, Routledge, 2001, ISBN 0-415-22875-1 ISBN 978-0415228756
  • Stanley Cavell, The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film (1971); 2nd enlarged edn. (1979) ISBN 0-674-96196-X ISBN 978-0674961968
  • Stephen Mulhall, On film, London/New York: Routledge, 2002. ISBN 0-415-24795-0 ISBN 9780415247955
  • Rupert Read and Jerry Goodenough (eds.), Film as Philosophy: Essays on Cinema After Wittgenstein and Cavell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.ISBN 140394900X ISBN 978-1-4039-4900-4

External links

  • Daniel Barnett, "If a Film Did Philosophy We Wouldn′t Understand It" Review of Read-Goodenough collection of essays.
  • Stanley Cavell, Conversations with History: Stanley Cavell. YouTube video of Cavell discussing his philosophy of film.
  • Rupert Read, "What theory of film do Wittgenstein and Cavell have? (Introduction II)", Introduction to Film as Philosophy: Essays on Cinema After Wittgenstein and Cavell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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