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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 16, 2016

Film and Phenomenology

Orna Raviv
Pages 163-183
DOI: 10.5840/studphaen2016166

The Cinematic Point of View
Thinking Film with Merleau-Ponty

Previously unpublished fragments of Merleau-Ponty’s insights about cinema have added an important layer to our understanding of the medium. In this paper I examine these fragments along with some of Merleau-Ponty’s other observations about cinema, in the context of his work on perception and temporality. My aim is to show how his thought is relevant for understanding an important topic in film theory: cinematic point of view. With Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological articulation of what it is to see, the possibility opens up of conceptualizing the structure of cinematic point of view as a “whole” that is concomitantly dynamic and always plural.

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