“Westerns,” Pippin writes in Fatalism in American Film Noir, “adopt a mythic style of narration appropriate to founding narratives, presenting us. keen skills of textual analysis, Massood convincingly argues that the film is very much like his others, in that. 4 Little Girls includes “a focus on African American. Robert B. Pippin. Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press x + pages. $ (cloth.

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This is a bold proposal, but to my mind a welcome contribution to the broad discussions about human agency that we fatwlism be having today.

Ross Mckinney marked it as to-read Dec 28, Like tragic figures, the heroes of noir are, or seem, doomed from the start.


Solomon – – Philosophy East and West 53 4: This is interesting not because it confirms the post-WWII historical moment of American fatalism or gives more firepower to a psychoanalytic reading of film noir already one of the more common forms of criticism when issues of agency noirr being discussed. In this book Robert Pippin argues that many of these films also raise distinctly philosophical questions.

The Critical Practice of Film: VamanaBhava Ruse rated it it was amazing Jun 15, Trevor Whittock – – Cambridge University Press. Jul 23, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: Fatalism in American Film Noir is a very welcome addition to the small but growing literature on philosophy in film, offering a highly literate, searching, and urbane traversal of three outstanding films from that genre, intelligently interrogated for their bearing on philosophical questions about the nature of the self, action, responsibility, and fate.

Robert Castle rated it really liked it Apr 16, Furthermore, Pippin avoids the reductionist tendencies of much cultural criticism of the cultural studies sortor the kind of psychoanalytic read that these films amreican get. Both sides of this debate significantly broaden the more technical question of how we understand the actions of others and ourselves, adding to it a complicating historical component, giving the question an added gravity.

Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if noi affiliation does not provide a proxy. Melody and I endured two hours of Tom, Tom the Piper’s Sonwhich is mostly just extreme close ups of frames from a silent film, so you have no idea what you’re looking at.


The book’s ffilm theme is the nature and conditions of agency, of what is required for and involved in ascription of actions to self and to others, and the conditions under which such ascriptions become tenuous, doubtful, or downright impossible. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Aron rated it liked it Nov 28, Has the reign of the commodity, refined by technology, turned us into bundles of manufactured desires seeking fulfillment? Pippin’s analysis highlights the way in which the films chosen for examination give credence to the existentialist idea that persons are ultimately defined through their actions, however ostensibly motivated, rather than through the beliefs, thoughts, fataliwm rationales that may precede action.

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Acknowledging the partial opacity and shifting nature of the self, the powerful pull of confabulation in the service of desire, and the daunting complexity of human motivations, suffices largely to “explain the behavioral data” on display in these films, I suggest, without appeal to the sort of antirealism about action and agency to which Pippin seems drawn, epitomized in the idea that those are not factual conditions but just social statuses to fatalusm ascribed or withheld.

Scarlet Street is rather different from the other two films, largely because its protagonist, Chris Cross, is a very different creature from the protagonists of Out of the Past and Lady from Shanghaione who is “fated” to act as he does in a sense rather different from that which applies to the other two.

Rachel marked it ameerican to-read Aug 17, Fatalism in Philosophy of Action. That said, sandwiched between introductory and concluding chapters which take up the philosophic points of agencyare three chapters that analyze in great detail three noir boir from the s: Renan Virginio marked it as to-read May 09, Nicole marked it as to-read May 26, He has previously done as much in his book on Westerns, and this volume is a worthy companion to the earlier work.


Moreover, since these are persistent issues in philosophy, stories reflecting them might add layers of depth and resonance to philosophical discussions of them.

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Sep 27, Nat added it. Pippin shows how this terrible disconnect sheds light on one of the central issues in modern philosophy–the nature of human agency.

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Some Cinematic Philosophy by Robert B. Bojana marked it as to-read Nov 27, Return to Book Page. Rethinking Ideology in Cinema. I had to watch a lot just to try to keep up with everyone else in the philosophy department, both grad students and faculty, who had an overwhelming knowledge of movies.

University of Virginia Press P. Plus it’s kind of amazing just to listen to Pippin explain the insanely complex plot of The Lady from Shanghai.

In fact, Pippin asserts these popular films do so as well as the “high art” of Fontane, Tolstoy, James, Musil, Ibsen, Beckett in any case, I think Fatalisj is correct in asserting these films and writers do a far better job of presenting fatalism than actual philosophers like Schopenhauer or Nietzsche.

Pippin demonstrates that, far from affirming fatalism, many noir films problematize the view that modern life is lived under the sign of doom.

Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy

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Sep 23, Peter Lindstrom rated it liked it. I got motion sick watching Lady in the Lake in a wmerican for one of Jim’s film and philosophy classes it’s shot all in the “first person”, so when the detective gets punched, the fist is right in the camera, etc.