Questions of authorship : some comments on David Bordwell’s narration in the fiction film

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These comments concern Bordwell’s explicit and implicit claims about cinematic authorship in his 1985 Narration in the Fiction Film. Distinctions are drawn between causal and attributionist conceptions of authorship, and between actualist and fictionalist views about the spectator’s attitude toward authorship. A key question concerns the autonomy or independence of a viewer’s competent uptake of story and narration, as opposed to its dependence on knowledge of authorship or authorial design. The example of cinematic quotation in Resnais’s Mon oncle d’Amérique is used to illustrate the pertinence of the latter option.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalProjections: the journal for movies and mind
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016



  • Authorship
  • David Bordwell
  • Mon Oncle d’Amérique
  • Narration
  • Quotation
  • Resnais
  • Sarah Kozloff

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