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Cinéma vérité and the Ontology of Cinema: A Response to Roy Germano

  • Davide Panagia


In this response I discuss the cinema ontology of Roy Germano’s project of analytic filmmaking. I argue that though the project is at once compelling and ambitious, there are challenges posed by the medium of cinema itself that ultimately undermine Germano’s commitments to indexicality, referentiality, and continuity in political science research.



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Perspectives on Politics
  • ISSN: 1537-5927
  • EISSN: 1541-0986
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