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The Address of the Eye: A Phenomenology of Film Experience (27) Paperback – 23 Dec 1991

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Cinema is a sensuous object, but in our presence it becomes also a sensing, sensual, sense-making subject. Thus argues Vivian Sobchack as she challenges basic assumptions of current film theory that reduce film to an object of vision and the spectator to victim of a deterministic cinematic apparatus. Maintaining that these premises ignore the material and cultural-historical situations of both the spectator and the film, the author makes the radical proposal that the cinematic experience depends on two 'viewers' viewing: the spectator and the film, each existing as both subject and object of vision.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, lucid, cogent. 8 Jan. 2011
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I bought this book for a graduate-level introduction to film course offered by the English department at a state university. Having never read Maurice Merleau-Ponty or much existential phenomenology at all, this book served as my introduction to more than film theory. That said, I loved it. Sobchack is brilliant, first off, and this book does a much better job investigating the phenomenology of vision than does another of hers, Carnal Thoughts, which tends to veer off into discussions of Sobchack's prosthetic limb rather than discussing film. If you're looking for an alternative to the psychoanalytic approach to film theory, one that begins with the body instead of prefabricated master narratives, this might be the approach you're looking for. If you're a professor, this book is best directed toward graduate students with experience reading philosophy and theory.
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