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Finding Ourselves at the MoviesPhilosophy for a New Generation$
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Paul Kahn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164382

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164382.001.0001

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On Interpretation

On Interpretation

(p.59) Chapter 3 On Interpretation
Finding Ourselves at the Movies

Paul W. Kahn

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the inquiry into the imagination from action to interpretation by looking at the nature of narrative. Humans build a meaningful world by virtue of their capacity to offer narratives to themselves and others; the same process takes place when humans locate themselves in a community, where each one is sustained by an imaginative project of narrative construction. Interpretation is always a representation of something—without a reference, representation is no longer interpretation. The chapter cites Memento (2000), The Box (2009), and The Other Man (2008) to explain how an interpretation of a film does not mean displacing one's ordinary experience with theory, rather, the interpreter focuses only on what it was that he experienced.

Keywords:   interpretation, narrative, representation, Memento, The Box, The Other Man

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