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5 Film Theory as Narrative Pirandello Pirandello's Quaderni di Serafino Gubbio operatore, as I stated at the out- set, is not just a novel that happens to choose a new and original mimetic context (the world of filmmaking) for the unfolding of its plot. Nor is it enough to consider the presence in its structure of what has come to be called the cinematic apparatus a mere metonymy for the emerging industrial com- plex. The novel is, rather, the prototype of a narrative subgenre one might call the film novel, in which film is at the center and in which the

1 In 2013, I was hired at a North American university to fill a position designated as assistant professor of “Theories of Film and Media.” My primary task was to teach an intensive lecture course on the history of film theory, a course that all the film and media studies majors in our program must take and pass before their gradua- tion. I learned a lot from teaching both classical and contemporary texts in film theory, but this teaching experience also put me in a difficult situation when I started thinking how I might improve the quality of this course by

Criticism and Ideology in Contemporary Film Theory
Japanese Film Theory and Realism in a Global Frame
German Film Theory, 1907–1933
Latin American Film Comedy, 1930–1960
An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique
Animation, Storytelling, and Digital Culture
Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers