This book examines the concept of coherence in film studies. It asks if there are ways to appreciate the achievement of coherence in narrative films that are characterised by an eccentric or difficult style, as well as by an apparently confusing intelligibility. In order to answer this critical question, the author argues that we need to reconsider the predominant understanding of the concept of coherence in film studies. Virvidaki identifies how a general function of coherence is manifested through the aesthetic of transparency and unobtrusiveness of classical Hollywood film. The author then proceeds to a close analysis of stylistically perplexing narrative films, in order to demonstrate how we can broaden, expand and readjust the classical criteria of coherence. Testing Coherence in Narrative Film will appeal to film and philosophy scholars interested in aesthetics and narrative form.
Katerina Virvidaki completed her D.Phil. in English (Film Studies) at the University of Oxford in 2015. She has taught Philosophical Aesthetics at The National Technical University of Athens (Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law) and she has also been working as a curriculum developer, organising educational programs on art and philosophy (The American College of Greece, Pierce College). She currently teaches Film and Adult Education at the Hellenic Open University (Master's in Adult Education M.Ed.).
1. Introduction: Is 'Coherence' Just a Style?.- 2. PART I - Chapter 2: Interrogating Problems of Coherence in Narrative Film.- 3. The Elusive: Max Ophuls' Madame De..- 4. PART II - Chapter 4: The Unbelievable: Carl-Theodor Dreyer's Ordet.- 5. The Fragmented: Jean-Luc Godard's Passion.- 6. The Digressive: Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.- 7. The Inexpressible: Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.- 8. Conclusion.