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date: 17 April 2024

medium specificity (cinematic specificity) 

A Dictionary of Film Studies

Annette Kuhn,

Guy Westwell

The distinctive characteristics of cinema as a medium; the ‘filmness’ of film. Since cinema’s earliest years, critics have sought to pinpoint cinema’s essence: this indeed was a central concern of foundational writings of the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s by such commentators as Hugo Münsterberg, the Soviet montage theorists (... ...

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