Conversations with Christian Metz
Conversations with Christian Metz
Selected Interviews on Film Theory (1970-1991)
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Introductions A Furious Exactitude: An Overview of Christian Metz's Film Theory Warren Buckland Christian Metz and the Constellation of French Film Journals in the 1960s and 1970s Daniel Fairfax Interviews Works of Christian Metz Frequently Cited in the Interviews 1. Semiology, Linguistics, Cinema: Interview with Christian Metz René Fouque, Elaine Le Grivés, and Simon Luciani 2. Cinema and Semiology: On 'Specificity': Interview with Christian Metz Jean-André Fieschi 3. Interview on Film Semiology Raymond Bellour and Christian Metz 4. Interview with Christian Metz Daniel Percheron and Marc Vernet 5. Round Table on Film Theory Christian Metz, Michel Fano, Jean Paul Simon, and Noël Simsolo 6. Conversation on The Imaginary Signifier and Essais sémiotiques Jean Paul Simon, Marc Vernet, and Christian Metz 7. The Cinematic Apparatus as Social Institution: An Interview with Christian Metz Sandy Flitterman, Bill Guynn, Roswitha Mueller, and Jacquelyn Suter 8. A Seminar with Christian Metz: Cinema, Semiology, Psychoanalysis, History Chaired by Rick Thompson 9. Responses to Hors cadre on The Imaginary Signifier Christian Metz 10. Interview with Christian Metz Michel Marie and Marc Vernet 11. Christian Metz: Interview André Gaudreault 12. An Ethics of Semiology: Interview with Christian Metz André Gardies

Warren Buckland, Daniel Fairfax (eds)

Conversations with Christian Metz

Selected Interviews on Film Theory (1970-1991)

From 1968 to 1991 the acclaimed film theorist Christian Metz wrote several remarkable books on film theory: Essais sur la signifi cation au cinéma, tome1 et 2; Langage et cinéma; Le signifiant imaginaire; and L’Enonciation impersonnelle. These books set the agenda of academic film studies during its formative period. Metz’s ideas were taken up, digested, refined,reinterpreted, criticized and sometimes dismissed, but rarely ignored.

This volume collects and translates into English for the first time a series of interviews with Metz, who offers readable summaries,elaborations, and explanations of his sometimes complex and demanding theories of film. He speaks informally of the most fundamental concepts that constitute the heart of film theory as an academic discipline — concepts borrowed from linguistics, semiotics, rhetoric, narratology, and psychoanalysis.

Within the colloquial language of the interview, we witness Metz’s initial formation and development of his film theory. The interviewers act as curious readers who pose probing questions to Metz about his books, and seek clarification and elaboration of his key concepts. We also discover the contents of his unpublished manuscript on jokes, his relation to Roland Barthes, and the social networks operative in the French intellectual community during the 1970s and 1980s.

Warren Buckland

Warren Buckland is Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author/editor of ten books, including The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (with Edward Branigan, 2013), Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions (2012), and The Cognitive Semiotics of Film (2000).

Daniel Fairfax

Daniel Fairfax is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and an editor of the online film journal Senses of Cinema.