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Talk to Her

1st Edition

Edited by A. W. Eaton


116 pages

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Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most renowned film directors of recent years. Talk to Her is one of the most discussed and controversial of all his films. Dealing principally with the issue of rape, it also offers profound insights into the nature of love and friendship whilst raising important philosophical and moral questions in unsettling and often paradoxical ways.

This is the first book to explore and address the philosophical aspects of Almodóvar’s film. Opening with a helpful introduction by Noël Carroll that places the film in context, specially commissioned chapters examine the following topics:

  • The relationship between art and morality and the problem of 'immoralism'
  • Moral injury and its role in the way we form moral judgments, including the ethics of love and friendship
  • The nature of dialogue, sexual objectification and what 'listening to' means in the context of gender
  • Almodóvar's use of allusion and the unmasking of appearances to explore hidden themes in human nature.

Including a biography of Almodóvar, Talk to Her is essential reading for students interested in philosophy and film as well as ethics and gender. It is also provides an accessible and informative insight into philosophy for those in related disciplines such as film studies, literature and religion.

Contributors: Noël Carroll, A. W. Eaton, Cynthia Freeland, Robert B. Pippin, C.D.C. Reeve, and George M. Wilson


'A collection of clear, concise and highly readable essays devoted to the exploration of Almodóvar’s provocative film, providing not only an outstanding introduction to the film itself but also an examination of the many philosophical questions that it serves to raise. This book is a welcome addition to the literature on philosophy and film, and will provide a superb resource for those studying in this field.' Christopher Falzon, The University of Newcastle, Australia

'These are insightful essays about a deeply disturbing film that challenges our ordinary presumptions concerning morality, art, love, gender, and appearance. The line-up of writers is first-rate.' Daniel Flory, Montana State University, USA

Table of Contents

Talk to Them: An Introduction Noël Carroll

1. Almodóvar’s Immoralism A. W. Eaton

2. Devils and Angels in Almodóvar’s Talk to Her Robert Pippin

3.Rapport, Rupture, and Rape: Reflections on Talk to Her George Wilson

4. Nothing Is Simple Cynthia Freeland

5. A Celémin of Shit: Comedy and Deception in Almodóvar’s Talk to Her C.D.C. Reeve

About the Editor

A.W. Eaton is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has published articles on the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, pornography, and feminist aesthetics.

About the Series

Philosophers on Film

'The true significance of film for philosophy, and of philosophy for film, cannot be established in abstract or general terms. It can only be measured in and through individual philosophers' attempts to account for their experience of specific films. This series promises to provide a productive context for that indispensable enterprise.' – Stephen Mulhall, Fellow and Reader in Philosophy, New College, Oxford

Film is increasingly used to introduce and discuss key topics and problems in philosophy, whilst some films raise important philosophical questions of their own. Yet until now, dependable resources for those studying and teaching philosophy and film have been limited. Philosophers on Film answers this growing need and is the first series of its kind. Each volume assembles a team of international contributors who explore a single film in depth. Beginning with an introduction by the editor, each specially-commissioned chapter discusses a key aspect of the film in question.

Additional features include a biography of the director and suggestions for further reading, making the series ideal for anyone studying philosophy, film and anyone with a general interest in the philosophical dimensions of cinema.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology