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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

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

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164382.003.0003

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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