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Prologue: Scientist as Cinema Connoisseur?

Dean Keith Simonton

in Great Flicks

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199752034
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894857 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752034.003.0001
Prologue: Scientist as Cinema Connoisseur?

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The chapter begins by narrating the emergence of cinema as both an art and as a business. This narration leads to the fundamental question that drives this book: What makes a film great? How do we even judge the greatness of any film? Discussion then turns to the book’s approach to answering this question. The answer will rely on scientific rather than humanistic studies. After briefly delineating how the former differs from the latter, the chapter closes by presenting the major issues that will be treated in subsequent chapters.

Keywords: art; business; greatness; scientific studies; humanistic studies

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Subjects: Social Psychology

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