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"Impersonal Enunciation, or the Place of Film"

Christian Metz


Christian Metz is best known for applying Saussurean theories of semiology to film analysis. In the 1970s, he used Sigmund Freud's psychology and Jacques Lacan's mirror theory to explain the popularity of cinema. In this final book, Metz uses the concept of enunciation to articulate how films “speak” and explore where this communication occurs, offering critical direction for theorists who struggle with the phenomena of new media. If a film frame contains another frame, which frame do we emphasize? And should we consider this staging an impersonal act of enunciation? Consulting a range of genr ... More

Keywords: Film, Semiology, Psychoanalysis, enunciation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231173674
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231173674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Metz, author