We can readily point to a wide array of cinematic masterpieces to appease any doubts that film is an artform. The question is "Is Film Art?" is not live for contemporary readers. But film theory largely began with an attempt to legitimize the medium. Retracing the debate does not just have historical value, it helps us better appreciate the resources available to film artists. The chapter moves from a discussion of Arnheim to the contemporary worries of Scruton. The chapter examines Scruton's arguments and the objections raised by Gaut, Lopes, King, Sesonske, Warburten, and others.
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