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From eserrano Sun Feb 27 11:44:06 1994
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Date: Sun, 27 Feb 94 11:44:04 EST
From: Esteban Serrano <eserrano>
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Subject: Autorial Intention
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To me, the "death of the author" perspective brings forth the idea that
MEANING IS NOT THE PRIVILEDGE OF THE AUTHOR. A film, as any work of art,
is not an idea, but a text.  If filmmakers were only interested in ideas,
they would not make films; they would write or give press conferences.
Films are complex texts, and as such, are open to many readings.
 
A perfect example of this has been this LIst's very diverse, and in many
cases, opposite interpretations of The Piano. This space of conflict is
proof that The Piano is art. Bad movies lead the viewer to one reading;
good movies challenge the viewer to the possibility of multiple ones.