Title

Questions of authorship : some comments on David Bordwell’s narration in the fiction film

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Projections: the journal for movies and mind

Publication Date

Summer 6-1-2016

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

12

Last Page

16

Publisher

Berghahn Books

Keywords

Authorship, David Bordwell, Sarah Kozloff, Mon Oncle d’Amérique, Narration, Quotation, Resnais

Abstract

These comments concern Bordwell’s explicit and implicit claims about cinematic authorship in his 1985 Narration in the Fiction Film. Distinctions are drawn between causal and attributionist conceptions of authorship, and between actualist and fictionalist views about the spectator’s attitude toward authorship. A key question concerns the autonomy or independence of a viewer’s competent uptake of story and narration, as opposed to its dependence on knowledge of authorship or authorial design. The example of cinematic quotation in Resnais’s Mon oncle d’Amérique is used to illustrate the pertinence of the latter option.

DOI

10.3167/proj.2016.100104

Print ISSN

19349688

E-ISSN

19349696

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Recommended Citation

Livingston, P. (2016). Questions of authorship: Some comments on David Bordwell’s narration in the fiction film. Projections, 10(1), 12-16. doi: 10.3167/proj.2016.100104