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The Art of Gesture: Returning Narrative and Movement to Images

Josef Früchtl: The Art of Gesture
Josef Früchtl: The Art of Gesture

Lecture by Josef Früchtl (University of Amsterdam). Respondents: René Boomkens (University of Amsterdam); Annie van den Oever (University of Groningen)
This is the third episode of the lecture series Thinking Cinema: New Approaches in Film Philosophy


A philosophical aesthetics of cinema has to refer to the narrative and ontological levels in equal measure. Based on Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers (2006), I want to show in a paradigmatic way that the ontology of film consists of restoring a still image into the dynamic space of movement, and giving back the story to a picture. This constitutes a philosophy of film that takes film as an art of gesture.


Josef Früchtl is Professor in Philosophy of Art and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He published many books and articles on the philosophy of film and aesthetics. A.o.: Vertrauen in die Welt. Eine Philosophie des Films, München 2013; The Impertinent Self. A Heroic History of Modernity, Stanford University Press 2009; Ästhetische Erfahrung und morali­sches Urteil. Eine Rehabilitierung, Frankfurt/M. 1996. He is co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft (ZÄK).

When & Where?

Faculty of Arts, Harmony building, Oude Kijk in’t Jatstraat 26, Marie Lokezaal
Thursday, 27 March, 6-8 PM

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