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Film and Morality
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Employing a thematic approach and drawing on disciplines ranging from neurobiology to philosophy, Film and Morality examines how morality is presented in films and how films serve as a source of moral values. While the role of censorship in upholding moral standards has been considered comprehensively, the presence of moral dilemmas in films has not attracted the same level of interest. Film-makers may address moral concerns explicitly, but moral dilemmas can serve as plot devices, creating dramatic tension by providing pivotal moments when characters are called upon to make life-changing decisions. Drawing on a range of well-known and neglected films mainly from Britain and America, this book provides numerous examples of how film-makers make use of morality and how audiences are invited to explore moral issues by following characters who live with the consequences of their choices. Film and Morality introduces philosophical debates on such topics as free will, conscience and the place of moral codes in everyday life, showing the relevance of film to these issues. The book presents a distinct approach to how films might be analysed.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryEthics & moral philosophy Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/12/2012 ISBN-13: 9781443841948  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Philip Gillett is a freelance film researcher and author of The British Working Class in Postwar Film and Movie Greats: A Critical Study of Classic Cinema as well as a contributor to The Cinema of Britain and Ireland. He writes regularly for Offscreen.

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