The World Viewed
Author: Stanley Cavell
Original publication date: January 1, 1979
What's a professor of philosophy from Harvard doing writing about cinema? Just expanding the boundaries of film theory, giving it, for better or worse depending on your views of the Ivory Tower, a big fat stamp of approval from academia. Of course, filmmakers and cinephiles didn't need that—for those camps, film has and will always be, art. But for Cavell to publish this book was an important moment.
Beyond the historical importance, The World Viewed calls for intense reflection on emotion and experience from the filmgoer. Cavell's language is simple but his ideas are not. He sees cinema as a means to enter the whole of human experience. It's too much for a blurb. You just have to step in. —RS