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Film theory

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Film theory, theory developed to explain the nature of motion pictures and how they produce emotional and mental effects on the audience. Film theory recognizes the cinema as a distinct art form. See also auteur theory. See also individual directors, such as François Truffaut and Sergey Eisenstein; genres, such as documentary films and film noir; and movements, such as New Wave.

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