Film Theory: Sociology Vs. Semiology

Research in progress, Nov 1, 2022

Film Theory: Sociology Vs. Semiology

The relationships between film and society, however remote and tangential it may be

The relationship between film (material of film) and the experience of life from which it derives (directly or indirectly).

To detect certain attitudes, unconscious assumptions, certain psychic styles, modes of perceiving reality

Sociology aims to analyze the social functions of cinema in a particular historical setting.

Its goal is to interpret the socio-political meaning of popular films

The major themes of the most popular French/German films of the 1920s, following WWI (Monaco).

Movies as cultural artifacts, reflections of the group psyche

Popular films as dreamlike reflection of the shared concerns of the audience to which those films appealed.

Social scientific positivism: objective description of institutions and functions, as they belong to a larger, regulated system.

Movie industry as an institution

Individual films as responses to times of social or national crises.

Socio-historical contexts as backdrops against which individual films are evaluated.

Analysis of Viewers

Movie-going ad watching films like book-reading are life practice

The focus of study is not movies, but the spectators who watch them

Interconnections between movie watching (in public or private) and other regular life practice.

What part the movie watching activity occupy in individuals’ lives