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Film Theory and Philosophy$
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Richard Allen and Murray Smith

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159216.001.0001

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Fiction, Non-fiction, and the Film of Presumptive Assertion: A Conceptual Analysis

Fiction, Non-fiction, and the Film of Presumptive Assertion: A Conceptual Analysis

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(p.173) 7 Fiction, Non-fiction, and the Film of Presumptive Assertion: A Conceptual Analysis
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Film Theory and Philosophy
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NoÈl Carroll

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159216.003.0008

This chapter attempts to define ‘films of presumptive assertion’. This is the proposed label for the field of film studies that has been typically labeled as documentary and non-fiction. The chapter further labels the analysis of films of presumptive assertion in stages by drawing a distinction between fiction and non-fiction. Then it exploits what has been said about it. The chapter goes further by proposing an analysis of films of presumptive assertion as a subcategory of the non-fiction film. Finally, the chapter contemplates a series of problems and questions that the proposed theory is likely to raise. The chapter claims that this concept, presumptive assertion, captures what people mean to talk about when they speak informally of documentaries and non-fiction films.

Keywords:   analysis of film, presumptive assertion, non-fiction, documentary, film studies

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