Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship
Edited by Jinhee Choi, Mattias Frey
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
This volume looks at the significance and range of ethical questions that pertain to various film practices. Diverse philosophical traditions provide useful frameworks to discuss spectators’ affective and emotional engagement with film, which can function as a moral ground for one’s connection to others and to the world outside the self. These traditions encompass theories of emotion, phenomenology, the philosophy of compassion, and analytic and continental ethical thinking and environmental ethics. This anthology is one of the first volumes to open up a dialogue among these diverse methodologies. Contributors bring to the fore some of the assumptions implicitly shared between these theories and forge a new relationship between them in order to explore the moral engagement of the spectator and the ethical consequences of both producing and consuming films
Introduction Jinhee Choi and Mattias Frey Part 1: The Ethical Self and Others 1.A World Past D.N. Rodowick 2. Cinema’s Compassionate Gaze: Empathy, Affect, and Aesthetics in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jane Stadler 3.Moral Change: Fiction, Film, and Family Noël Carroll 4. Fault Lines: Deleuze, Cinema, and the Ethical Landscape Alasdair King Part 2: Documentary and the Ethical 5. The Ethics of Contemplation: Kim Ki-duk’s Arirang, Jinhee Choi 6. Uncomfortable Viewing: Deauthorized Performances, Ethics and Spectatorship in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat, Robert A. Clift 7. Heddy Honigmann’s Contemplations on Ars Vitae and the Metamodern Turn Annelies van Noortwijk 8. Self-Reflexivity and Historical Revision in A Moment of Innocence and The Apple Vince Bohlinger Part 3: Exploitation and the Extreme 9. The Ethics of Extreme Cinema Mattias Frey 10. Moral Agency, Artistic Immorality, and Critical Appreciation: Lars von Trier's The Idiots Trevor Ponech 11. Something to Hide: The Ethics of Surveillance in Saw Jason Middleton Part 4:Ethics and the Images of Nature 12. Community Engagement and Film: Toward the Pursuit of Ethical Goals through Applied Research on Moving Images Mette Hjort 13. Animal-Borne Imaging: Embodied Point-of-View and the Ethics of Identification Ruth Erickson
Jinhee Choi is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at King's College London, UK.
Mattias Frey is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Kent, UK.