The Exemplary in Film Sudies

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Talk
Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 16:00
Concordia University

ARTHEMIS is pleased to present a lecture with

Dudley Andrew
Yale University

“The Exemplary in Film Sudies”

“Like any field, particularly any new one, Film Studies has been intent to describe the general laws, rules, and regularities that seem to govern the way cinema works in general and how it operates in any given instance.  But every film seems to advertise itself as different, an exception to the norm.  How do, or how should, examples be identified by film scholars. And does the idea of ‘the exemplary’ make cinema studies difficult for media studies to assimilate it?  Films and film theory would seem to remain within the territory of the Humanities, even while the Humanities themselves are being reconsidered.”


Dudley Andrew is R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature and serves as Director of Graduate Studies in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. His areas of research include World Cinema (special attention to West Africa, France, East Asia, Ireland) Aesthetics (theories of the image, Film among the arts) and French cinema and culture. He has published The Major Film Theories, Concepts of Film Theory, and Andre Bazin, all with Oxford U. Press. Another set of books explore key films and filmmakers: Film in the Aura of Art, a source book on Mizoguchi , a presentation of Breathless, and a “BFI classic” on Mizoguchi’s Sansho Dayu. His most ambitious works deal with France in the 1930s: Mists of Regret: Culture and Sensibility in Classic French Film ( Princeton 1995) and Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture, co-authored with Steven Ungar (Harvard, 2005). He has edited an anthology from Texas, The Image in Dispute (1997), has programmed films for The Guggenheim museum, and served as a film festival judge. He is the recipient of the Guggenheim and several NEH fellowships and was named Chevalier--later Officier--de l’ordre des arts et des lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. In 2006 he was inducted into the America Academy of Arts and Sciences.