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Title: Existential Mann : existentialism and social engagement in the films of Micheal Mann
Author: Gaine, Vincent M.
ISNI:       0000 0001 2038 0440
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis is an analysis of the films of Michael Mann. The eleven films of this prominent Hollywood director are analysed in relation to existential philosophy and social engagement. The thesis establishes the case for Mann as an auteur, and identifies the philosophy on which this study rests. Through individual case studies of each of Mann's films, I argue that existentialism is explored within different social contexts that problematise the philosophy. The interrogation and problematisaticon of existentialism is performed by relating the philosophy to varying levels of social engagement, as some films present isolation and others illustrate community and social conscience. The thesis argues that by relating existentialism to social engagement, a non-philosophical critique of existentialism is performed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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