William Rothman has long been considered one of the seminal figures in the field of film-philosophy. From his landmark book Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze, now in its second edition, to the essays collected here in Tuitions and Intuitions, Rothman has been guided by two intuitions: first, that his kind of film criticism is philosophy; and second, that such a marriage of criticism and philosophy has an essential part to play in the serious study of film. In this book, he aspires, borrowing a formulation from Emerson, to “pay the tuition” for these intuitions.
Thoughtful, philosophically sophisticated, and provocative, the essays included here address a wide range of films, including classical Hollywood movies; the work of “auteur” directors like Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor, Yasujirō Ozu, and Woody Allen; performances by John Barrymore and James Stewart; unconventional works by Jean Genet, Chantal Akerman, Terrence Malick, and the Dardenne brothers; the television series Justified; and documentaries by Jean Rouch, Ross McElwee, and Robert Gardner. All the essays address questions of philosophical significance and, taken together, manifest Rothman’s lifelong commitment when writing about a film, to respect the film’s own ideas; to remain open to the film’s ways of expressing its ideas; and to let the film help teach him how to view it, how to think about it, and how to discover what he has at heart to say about it.
William Rothman is Professor of Cinema and Interactive Media at the University of Miami. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University, where he taught for many years. His other books include Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze, The “I” of the Camera, Documentary Film Classics, Reading Cavell’s The World Viewed, Must We Kill the Thing We Love? and the forthcoming Jean Rouch en tant qu’artiste de cinéma. He is the editor of Cavell on Film, Jean Rouch: A Celebration of Life and Film and Three Documentary Filmmakers, co-editor of Looking with Robert Gardner, and founding editor of the Harvard Film Studies and Cambridge Studies in Film series.
This event will be at the BOOKS & BOOKS in Coral Gables. Wednesday November 13 8PM.
265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL.