chapter  11
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'Viewer, I married him': literature on video

Therationalefortheformalistapproachingeneralissummed upbyMoffettandMcElhenyinahighlysuccessfulpedagogic anthologyofshortstories,PointsofView(1995):

(MoffettandMcElheny1995,p.587) Inpractice,Ithinktheoppositeisthecase,perhapsespecially wherefilmisconcerned.Talkingaboutformandtechniquewill 'breakthespellandspoilthepleasure',andalltoooftenrender aridandtediouswhatmightbeenjoyable.InthispaperIwantto outlineadifferentapproach,basedontheanalysisofthemein literatureandfilm,whichdoesnotrelyontechnicaldistinctions betweenthetwomedia,butsimplylumpsthemtogetheras 'stories'.Afterpresentingacoupleofillustrations,Iwilldiscuss theprosandconsofmyapproachandoftheformalistalternative aswaysofcreatinga'perceptiveandsophisticatedreader'.