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Cinema and Semiotic: Peirce and Film Aesthetics, Narration, and Representation (Toronto Studies in Semiotics & Communication) Hardcover – 27 Nov 2004

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  • Hardcover: 670 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press; 2nd ed. edition (27 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080203912X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802039125
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 5.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,148,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Johannes Ehrat is a professor extraordinarius in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontificia Universita Gregoriana.

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This is a challenging discussion with a long due essential approach to cinema. It addresses many complex areas concerning specificity of cinema and consequently demands tenacity from the reader; the book is not to be blamed but cinema. Perhaps, for the ones who do not seek to cut cinema to the size of theory.
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Great introduction to semiotics with a strong and sound basis regarding Pragmatism and its founder: Charles Sanders Pierce. Recommended to all of those who want to go more in depth when attempting to decipher 'signs'.
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HASH(0xa2905480) out of 5 stars Ambitious, difficult, but worthwhile 6 Oct. 2015
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This isn't garbage at all, but a very thoughtful and ambitious exposition of a fresh theory of film, based on C. S. Peirce's semiotic. As the author points out, Saussurean binary semiology, and not Peirce's trinitary semiotic, dominated much of film theory, with the exception of Deleuze's idiosyncratic take on Peirce. (That isn't hair-splitting, either, but makes a big difference.) This is indeed a difficult book, and not for the faint-hearted, but this is not because it is nonsense, but because it is ambitious, systematic and original. Includes original analyses of Godard's Je vous salue, Marie and Dreyer's Ordet. (Since Peirce is now turning up in recent German film theory books, it may be that Ehrat's work is part of a larger tendency.) There's another careful and sympathetic review by Melissa Goldsmith in the Australian online journal Screening the Past.
HASH(0xa290aa5c) out of 5 stars This is a challenging discussion with a long due essential ... 31 Mar. 2016
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Format: Hardcover
This is a challenging discussion with a long due essential approach to cinema. It addresses many complex areas concerning specificity of cinema and consequently demands tenacity from the reader; the book is not to be blamed but cinema. Perhaps, for the ones who do not seek to cut cinema to the size of theory.
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HASH(0xa2905fe4) out of 5 stars Cinematic Garbage 23 May 2009
By Robert E. Brassel - Published on Amazon.com
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The good news is you may waste money buying this piece of complete nonsense but you won't waste anymore than 3 minutes reading it. It is a testament to the dislocation between academics and reality, those who make up dumb gibberish theories and those who 'DO" Life. Utter claptrap, badly written. Adolescent jibber-jabber. This author reads like a bloviating ninth grader dangerously armed with far too many words he doesn't understand and wields without any capacity to make a coherent let alone original point. If this person is a teacher somewhere God have pity on his poor, suffering students. Deserves it's own chapter in the great book exposing intellectual frauds; "Intellectual Imposters", by Sokal and his colleagues.
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