Gilberto Perez is Professor of Film Studies at Sarah Lawrence College and the author of The Material Ghost: Films And Their Medium, which has recently come out in paperback from the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is currently working on a rhetoric of film.
This paper was presented at the Society for Cinema Studies Conference 2000 at the Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago on March 11, 2000, as part of the panel H6: Towards a Rhetoric of Film
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