This book utilizes philosophical tools to build up a framework for the classification, analysis, and assessment of political cinema. The author first maps the category of political cinema, clarifying what it means for a film to be ‘political’, and then analyzes the relation between the value of a film as a political film and its value as art.
Through philosophical enquiry, Angelo Cioffi builds up a framework that could be of use in art-critical practice and that can help with the classification and assessment of political films. Grounded in analytic philosophy of art and cognitivist film theory, with insights from political science, political philosophy, epistemology, and cognitive science, the book presents a unique analysis of the relation between films and the ‘political’. This theory is tested with detailed case studies, and the author uses specific films as examples of the applicability and explanatory power of this theoretical framework.
As such, this book will be of interest not just to film studies, film theory and political philosophy scholars, but to anyone with an interest in political film, aesthetic practice, and philosophy of art.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The ‘Political’ of Political Cinema; 2. The Purpose of Political Cinema; 3. Political Cinema and Propaganda; 4. Epistemic Values in Art; 5. Epistemic Values Afforded by Political Films; 6. Film as Thought Experiment; 7. Imaginative and Emotional Engagement with Political Cinema; Conclusion; References and Filmography
Angelo Emanuele Cioffi teaches English literature at an international high school in Brescia.