film-makers have often waxed philosophical about their art and practices. it is perhaps in the nature of the medium to provoke questions about the special status of film and its relation to reality and language. the problem of photography and its relationship with ‘reality’ and truth — it was jean-luc godard who famously said “a photograph is the truth, and film is the truth 24 times a second”. The great cultural theorists of the twentieth century were often obsessed with film; it is hard to imagine the french nouvelle vague, for example, without the parallel structuralist and post-structuralist developments in theory. little attention, however, has been paid to the notion of film as philosophy. this piece by havi carel and greg tuck, in the philosopher’s magazine seeks to explore this intriguing notion.
IDEAS OF THE CENTURY: FILM AS PHILOSOPHY
Havi Carel and Greg Tuck in The Philosophers Magazine:
Film studies scholars have always drawn on philosophical ideas. Philosophers, and in particular those working on aesthetics and philosophy of art, have been interested in cinema for as long as it has existed. However, film as philosophy as an autonomous sub-discipline is relatively new, emerging in the 80s and coming into its own over the past five years.