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Creation time:
Produced in the Mid 1970s

was the dominant theory of the time
Louis Althusser, Christian Metz, Jaques
Created from:
derived in part from Marxist theory, semiotics, and psychoanalysis and ideology critique
What the theory is about
It maintains that cinema is by nature ideological because its mechanics of representation are ideological.

the spectator screen relationship

how where u are can affect how u preceive the film
i.e. theatre vs at home
Its mechanics of representation include:
The camera and editing
Apparatus theory also argues that cinema:
maintains the dominant ideology of the culture within the viewer. Ideology is not imposed on cinema, but is part of its nature.
Apparatus theory follows:
an institutional model of spectatorship.
Define Semiotics
study of signs and symbols, the study of how meaning is constructed and understood
Define Phsycoalalysis
family of psychological theories and methods based on the work of Sigmund Freud. Connections amough the uncocius components of a persons mental processes.
define Ideology Critique
Feminist critique:
the idea that just something 'being' natural does not necessarily mean it 'ought' to be the case.
Where is the meeting point between Althusser and Lacan?
it exists in the notion of the Mirror Phase