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A Companion to Motion Pictures and Public Value


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Biographical Notes xii

General Introduction 1
Mette Hjort and Ted Nannicelli Part I Artistic and Aesthetic Value 23

Introduction 25
Ted Nannicelli and Mette Hjort

1 A Plurality of Values: Art, Fine Art, and Motion Pictures 30
Paisley Livingston

2 Public Aesthetics and Artistic Value in Iranian Cinema 46
Khatereh Sheibani

3 Appreciating Nature through Film: A Defense of Mediated Appreciation 69
Glenn Parsons

4 Reframing the Director: Distributed Creativity in Filmmaking Practice 86
Karen Pearlman and John Sutton Part II Moral Value/Ethical Value 107

Introduction 109
Ted Nannicelli and Mette Hjort

5 Screen Stories as "Imaginative Ecology": A Thought Experiment 113
Carl Plantinga

6 Interactive Documentary and Ethics: Toward an Ethics of Representativeness 130
Willemien Sanders

7 The Ethics of Filmmaking: How the Genetic History of Works Affects Their Value 148
Mette Hjort

8 Film Production and Ethical Criticism 171
Ted Nannicelli

9 Emotion and the Cultivation of Ethical Attention in Narrative Cinema 190
Jane Stadler Part III Spiritual Value 209

Introduction 211
Ted Nannicelli and Mette Hjort

10 Abundant, at Ease and Expansive?: The Influence of Maori and Polynesian Spirituality on 21st Century New Zealand Motion Pictures 213
Ann Hardy

11 Secularity, Transcendence, and Film 235
Roy M. Anker

12 The Poetics of Karma: Reincarnation and Romance 254
Richard Allen Part IV Environmental /Ecological Value 279

Introduction 281
Mette Hjort and Ted Nannicelli

13 Ecocinema and Ecological Value 285
Robert Sinnerbrink

14 From Content to Context (and Back Again): New Industrial Strategies for Environmental Sustainability in the Media 308
Pietari Kaapa and Hunter Vaughan

15 Jordnar Creative: A Danish Case Study of Green Filmmaking and Sustainable Production 327
Anne Ahn Lund, Josefine Madsen, and Meryl Shriver-Rice Part V Cultural, Social and Political Value 351

Introduction 353
Mette Hjort and Ted Nannicelli

16 Color Charts: A Cultural Chronicle of Non-Chinese Ethnic Images in Hong Kong Cinema 357
John Nguyet Erni

17 Film Policy, Social Value, and the Mediating Role of Screen Agencies 382
Ruth McElroy and Caitriona Noonan

18 Cinema as Ceilidh and Hui: The Place of the Audience within Emergent Perspectives upon a Folk Cinema 401
Jamie Chambers

19 The Past and Future of Public Value: The End of an Illustrious Career or Its Reinvention? 427
Tom O'Regan and Anna Potter Part VI Cognitive, Educational, and Developmental Value 445

Introduction 447
Mette Hjort and Ted Nannicelli

20 Representing the Redacted: Depicting the "Torture Archetype" in Film 450
Jared Del Rosso

21 Negotiating Power through Art: Participatory Video and Public Value 469
Paul Cooke

22 Virtual Reality and the Rhetoric of Empathy 488
Dooley Murphy Part VII The Value of Health 509

Introduction 511
Mette Hjort and Ted Nannicelli

23 Narrative Sense-Making in the Service of Health-A Neurocinematic Approach 515
Pia Tikka

24 The Smoking Machine: Public Health Films and Public Value in Britain and Denmark, 1950-1964 536
C. Claire Thomson

25 The Benefits of Genre: Feel-Good Films as a Path to Health and Well-Being 558
Mette Hjort

26 Movies in the Closed Wards: Instruments of Mental Health in Military Psychiatry 576
Kaia Scott

Index 597

About the Author

Mette Hjort is Chair Professor of Humanities, Department of Humanities & Creative Writing, and Dean of Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. Her research spans the fields of film and media studies, literary studies, theatre studies, and philosophy. She has authored and edited numerous works including A Companion to Nordic Cinema. Ted Nannicelli is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland, Australia. He is the editor of Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind and author of Artistic Creation and Ethical Criticism.

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