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ERIC Number: EJ790076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Biography and License
Novitz, David
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v35 n2 p97-106 Sum 2001
What are the moral limits of artistic license? A strong case can be made for the view that there are none; that in viewing works of art people should resist ethical criticism, and, "a fortiori," resist moral strictures on the artist's inventiveness. This view has recently been defended by Richard Posner, who argues that people should not expect morality from art. If he is correct, what is of importance is the work, the movie, the story--and these, he thinks, should be evaluated in terms appropriate to them; not in terms of moral or political orthodoxies. The debate that surrounds ethical criticism is well-known, and, in one way or another, has received considerable attention throughout the twentieth century. In this article, the author discusses some of the issues raised by Scott Hicks's movie "Shine," which add a new and important dimension to the debate, and give further reason for the view that moral considerations cannot always be divorced from artistic value. He argues that "Shine," which purports to be a work of cinematic biography, distorts the details of David Helfgott's life and corrupts and violates biography as an art form. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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