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By William C. Pamerleau

ISBN-10: 0230574599

ISBN-13: 9780230574595

An exploration of the connection among cinema and existentialism, by way of their mutual skill to explain the human situation, this e-book combines analyses of themes within the philosophy of movie with an exploration of particular existentialist issues expressed within the motion pictures of Fellini, Bergman and Woody Allen, between others.

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It is due to nothingness, then, that we are conscious at all. It provides the separation between being-in-itself and being-for-itself which allows us to stand over and against objects. Also, giving rise to nothingness means I am not a thing or object. A thing exists as fully positive. It is what it is and does not have the power to be something else. If I were to become a thing in that way, I would lose that separation from things which makes awareness possible. Because I am always incapable of being any one thing or another, I am free.

Imagine standing at the brink of a cliff. On the one hand, there is certainly fear of what may happen if you should fall; the effects of gravity, the rocks below, etc. are all external circumstances that threaten you. These circumstances are cause for fear, because these are things you cannot help. '26 Nothing prevents me from making that choice. Similarly, soldiers fear a bullet, but they are anguished by the possibility that they may run or desert as a result of that fear. While anguish results from distress over the choices I know I must make, despair results from the disappointment I have with those choices I have already made.

6 To make the point, Wartenberg uses The Matrix as a thought experiment for Descartes' skepticism. Viewers are deceived about the reality of the world just as Neo is, providing an experience that makes a case for Descartes' skepticism in a way that cannot be matched by the philosophical account. '7 Similarly Wartenberg Film as a Tool for Philosophical Investigation 39 thinks that Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times provides us with a thought experiment of Marx's claim that workers' bodies become machines.

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