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Post-War Modernist Cinema and Philosophy

Confronting Negativity and Time


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Hamish Ford
      Pages 1-23
  3. The Negative Impression

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Hamish Ford
      Pages 27-83
    3. Hamish Ford
      Pages 84-140
  4. An Anxious Pause

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Hamish Ford
      Pages 143-200
    3. Hamish Ford
      Pages 201-248
    4. Hamish Ford
      Pages 249-254
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 255-284

About this book


A unique study of four major post-war European films by four key 'auteurs', which argues that these films exemplify film modernism at the peak of its philosophical reflection and aesthetic experimentation.


cinema film philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of NewcastleAustralia

About the authors

HAMISH FORD is Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University, Australia. He has published journal articles in The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Senses of Cinema and Real Time, and has contributed to books including New Takes in Film-Philosophy (Palgrave, 2011).

Bibliographic information


'Ford draws on a wide range of research across film, modernist cultural and aesthetic theory and continental philosophical terrains. The work engages both with more recent film-philosophy scholarship and the disciplinary resources of film studies work on the movements and individual filmmakers in question. A successful and important contribution to scholarship on these films, their historical and aesthetic significance and their capacity to 'do' philosophy.' - Patrick Crogan, University of the West of England, UK