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date: 08 December 2019

Metz, Christian (1931–93) French film theorist. 

A Dictionary of Critical Theory

Ian Buchanan

Metz introduced film studies to both *structuralism and *psychoanalysis and in the process helped initiate the establishment of film theory. Instead of asking what films mean, Metz set out to discover how they make meaning, and in doing so revolutionized the way film was written and thought about in the academy. Born in Béziers in southern France, Metz studied classical languages and ancient history at the École Normale Supérieure and then completed a doctorate in general linguistics at the Sorbonne. Always a cinephile, Metz began to think of ways of applying ... ...

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