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Vera Drake (2004)

Mike Leigh

Born in Salford, Manchester, in 1943, Mike Leigh has developed a unique method of creating films through controlled improvisations. After his debut Bleak Moments (1971) he made a succession of admired TV plays, including Abigail's Party and Nuts in May. He then returned to feature films: High Hopes (1988), Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993). Secrets and Lies won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1996. Topsy-Turvy (1999) won two Oscars. All or Nothing followed in 2002. Since then he has made the Oscar-nominated Vera Drake (2004), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He also did Two Thousand Years for the National Theatre in 2005. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Amy Raphael

Amy Raphael was born in London in 1967. She has worked on The Face, NME, Elle and Esquire and now freelances for the Guardian, the Observer and The Times. Her first book, Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, was published by Virago in 1995. She conducted the conversations and edited Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh, which was published by Faber in 2008. She has also contributed to the The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock and Perfect Pitch, a series of books about football. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

Faber and Faber, 2008

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...London, 1950. Vera Drake ( Imelda Staunton) lives in a small flat with her husband Stan ( Phil Davis) and their two grown-up children, Sid ( Daniel Mays) and Ethel ( Alex Kelly). Vera works as a cleaner...

(Not) Knowing My World: External World Skepticism Films. A Comparative Analysis of The Truman Showsurveillance and controlSinnerbrink, RobertPerson of InterestThe Matrix, The Thirteenth FloorThe Thirteenth Floor, and The Truman ShowThe Truman Show

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 9 and chapter 10 analyze selected skepticism films in detail by focusing on external world skepticism films and self-knowledge skepticism films. The goal is to understand in a better way the literary and filmic influences as well...

Coda. From Doubt to Acknowledgment, or: The Philosophical Significance of Skepticism Films Revisited

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The coda wraps up this book’s journey through the problematic yet fascinating relation between film, philosophy, and skepticism. In lieu of a conclusion, and as a call for continuing film-philosophical reflection, it takes up Stanley...

A Moving Image of Skepticism? Philosophy’s Acknowledgment of Film

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 5 critically investigates Cavell’s well-known proposition that “[f]ilm is a moving image of skepticism” and accounts for the influence of classical film theorists such as Bazin and Kracauer on Cavell’s film philosophy. The fate...

Varieties of Philosophical Skepticism: Knowledge, Acknowledgment, and Trust

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 4 outlines the function of skepticist ideas and thought experiments in traditional philosophical discourse, particularly in Cavell’s works, and uses Donald Davidson’s model of triangulation—which distinguishes knowledge...

Tools for Philosophical Film Analysis

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 8 develops tools for philosophical film analysis. The chapter claims that film-philosophical discourse has, so far, neglected methodological issues concerning the philosophical analysis of films. The approach presented here roughly...

A Cinema for Believers. Trust, Belief, and the Expulsion from the Paradise of Childhood

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 6 turns to Deleuze as the other Godfather figure of current film-philosophy, and his thesis that “[r]estoring our belief in the world […] is the power of modern cinema” as a quasi-metaphysical variation of skepticist doubt. Based...

Introduction: Skepticism Films. A Certain Tendency in Contemporary Cinema

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The Introduction (chapter 1) outlines the topic of the book. By combining a historical outline of the roots of skepticist thought with cinema’s perennial preoccupation with exploring the boundaries between illusion and reality, it proposes...

Films as Configurations of Philosophical Thought

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 2 provides an overview of the historical switch in film-philosophy from the justification of film as philosophy. On that historical foil, the chapter develops a typology of possible relations between film and philosophy. Broadly...

Varieties of Skepticism Films

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chapter 7 uses a wide range of film examples for developing the typology of skepticism films, which adapts Davidson’s model of triangulation and broadly distinguishes between external world skepticism films, self-knowledge skepticism films,...