chapter  2
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Provocations and Justifications of Film

One reason for [the large body of theoretical writing] is that film is an art form that was invented not only in living memory but self-consciously. It is a medium that had to prove that it was an art form .... [F]ilm had to legitimize its place in our culture. And the way that it initially set about getting itself taken seriously was to prove that it was an art. ... This was the first task of film theory .1