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The Spectrum of Abstraction

Reading a little James Monaco for the class I will be teaching on film a week from today.

He has a little chart. The spectrum from least abstraction to most:

1) practical: design
2)Environmental:architecture, sculpture
3) Pictoral: painting, drawing, graphics
4)Dramatic: stage drama
5) narrative: novel, story, non-fiction
6) Musical: poetry, dance, music

He argues film is unique in that it occupies all these levels of abstraction.

There are lots of in-betweens (poetry can have both narrative and musical elements for example).

This spectrum (connecting back to Aristotle's Poetics) may still be interesting, but isn't it seriously inaccurate after modernism?


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