Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema

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Download or read book Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema written by Ted Perry and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 2006 with total page 341 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Noted film scholars analyze some of the most challenging films of the 20th century

A Modernist Cinema

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ISBN 10 : 9780199379453
Pages : 328 pages
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Download or read book A Modernist Cinema written by Scott W. Klein and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2021 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "In A Modernist Cinema, edited by Scott W. Klein and Michael Valdez Moses, sixteen distinguished scholars in the field of the New Modernist Studies explore the interrelationships among modernism, cinema, and modernity. Focusing on several culturally influential films from Europe, America, and Asia produced between 1914 and 1941, this collection of essays contends that cinema was always a modernist enterprise. Examining the dialectical relationship between a modernist cinema and modernity itself, these essays reveal how the movies represented and altered our notions and practices of modern life, as well as how the so-called crises of modernity shaped the evolution of filmmaking. Attending to the technical achievements and formal qualities of the works of several prominent directors-Giovanni Pastrone, D. W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, F. W. Murnau, Carl Theodore Dreyer, Dziga Vertov, Luis Buänuel, Yasujiro Ozu, John Ford, Jean Renoir, Charlie Chaplin, Leni Riefenstahl, and Orson Welles-these essays investigate several interrelated topics: how a modernist cinema represented and intervened in the political and social struggles of the era; the ambivalent relationship between cinema and the other modernist arts; the controversial interconnection between modern technology and the new art; the significance of representing the mobile human body in a new medium; the gendered history of modernity; and the transformative effects of cinema on modern conceptions of temporality, spatial relations, and political geography. Contributors: Richard Begam, Maurizia Bascagli, Enda Duffy, Laura Frost, Andrzej Gasiorek, Scott W. Klein, Douglas Mao, Laura Marcus, Jesse Matz, Tyrus Miller, Michael Valdez Moses, Michael North, Elizabeth Otto, Carrie J. Preston, Lisa Siraganian, Michael Wood"--

Modernism Today

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Download or read book Modernism Today written by Sjef Houppermans and published by Rodopi. This book was released on 2013-10-25 with total page 283 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book manifests at least four recent shifts and tendencies within Modernist studies in general that point at the expansion of this increasingly interdisciplinary field. First, Modernist studies has seen a temporal expansion, to the extent that scholars in the field have come to turn to both the pre- and posterior history of Modernism. Second, the field has witnessed a spatial expansion, in that increasingly so researchers have also come to scrutinize the Modernisms of regions at the fringes of Europe, and beyond. Thirdly, a vertical expansion too has marked Modernist studies in recent decades, not only by further expanding the canon of women writers and exploring the continuum between high- and lowbrow, but also by looking at the artistic and mediatized hierarchies and cross-fertilizations operative in the period. A fourth conceptual expansion of the field shows that whereas concepts such as “middlebrow”, “arrière-garde”, and to some extent even “avant-garde”, were once exotic notions of at best marginal importance in European Modernist studies, they now form part and parcel of the field, complicating and expanding it conceptually.

Giallo!

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Download or read book Giallo! written by Alexia Kannas and published by State University of New York Press. This book was released on 2020-11-01 with total page 213 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Traces the giallo mystery/horror genre from its genesis in Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s to its contemporary place in the global cult-film canon. Italian giallo films have a peculiar allure. Taking their name from the Italian for "yellow"— reflecting the covers of pulp crime novels—these genre movies were principally produced between 1960 and the late 1970s. These cinematic hybrids of crime, horror, and detection are characterized by elaborate set-piece murders, lurid aesthetics, and experimental soundtracks. Using critical frameworks drawn from genre theory, reception studies, and cultural studies, Giallo! traces this historically marginalized genre's journey from Italian cinemas to the global cult-film canon. Through close textual analysis of films including The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963), Blood and Black Lace (1964), The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), The Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971), and The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972), Alexia Kannas considers the rendering of urban space in the giallo and how it expresses a complex and unsettling critique of late modernity. Alexia Kannas is Lecturer in Media and Cinema Studies in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Deep Red.

Moving Modernism

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Download or read book Moving Modernism written by Nell Andrew and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2020 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Moving Modernism reenacts the simultaneous eruption of three spectacular revolutions, the development of pictorial abstraction, the first modern dance, and the birth of cinema, which together changed the artistic landscape of early-twentieth-century Europe and the future of modern art. Rather than a book about dancing pictures or about pictures of dancing, however, this study follows the chronology of the historical avant-garde to show how dance and pictures were engaged in a kindred exploration of the limits of art and perception that required the process of abstraction. Recovering performances, working methods, and circles of aesthetic influence and reception for avant-garde dance pioneers and experimental filmmakers from the turn of the century to the interwar period, Moving Modernism challenges to modernism's medium-specific frameworks by demonstrating the significant role played by the arts of motion in the historical avant-garde's development of abstraction: from the turn-of-the-century dancer Loïe Fuller who awakened in symbolist artists the possibility of prolonged or suspended vision; to cubo-futurist and neo-symbolist artists who reached pure abstraction in tandem with the radical dance theory and performance of Valentine de Saint-Point; Sophie Taeuber's hybrid Dadaism between art and dance; to Akarova, a prolific choreographer linked to Belgian constructivism, whose pioneers called her dance "music architecture," "living geometry," and "pure plastics"; and finally to the dancing images of early cinematic abstraction from Edison and the Lumières to Hans Richter, Fernand Léger and Germaine Dulac. Each chapter reveals abstraction's emergence not only as a formal strategy but as an apparatus of creation, perception, and reception deployed across artistic media toward shared modernist goals. Focusing on abstraction's productive rather than reproductive value, Andrew argues that abstraction can be worked like a muscle, a medium through which habits of reception and perception are broken and art's viewers engaged by the kinaesthetic sensation to move and be moved"--

The Fictional Minds of Modernism

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Download or read book The Fictional Minds of Modernism written by Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2020-02-20 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Challenging the notion that modernism is marked by an “inward turn” – a configuration of the individual as distinct from the world – this collection delineates the relationship between the mind and material and social systems, rethinking our understanding of modernism's representation of cognitive and affective processes. Through analysis of a variety of international novels, short stories, and films – all published roughly between 1890 and 1945 – the contributors to this collection demonstrate that the so-called “inward turn” of modernist narratives in fact reflects the necessary interaction between mind, self, and world that constitutes knowledge, and therefore precludes any radical split between these categories. The essays examine the cognitive value of modernist narrative, showing how the perception of objects and of other people is a relational activity that requires an awareness of the constant flux of reality. The Fictional Minds of Modernism explores how modernist narratives offer insights into the real, historical world not as a mere object of contemplation but as an object of knowledge, thus bridging the gap between classical narratology and modernist experimentation.

Acrobatic Modernism from the Avant-Garde to Prehistory

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ISBN 10 : 9780192570727
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Download or read book Acrobatic Modernism from the Avant-Garde to Prehistory written by Jed Rasula and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2020-02-27 with total page 496 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is a book about artistic modernism contending with the historical transfigurations of modernity. As a conscientious engagement with modernity's restructuring of the lifeworld, the modernist avant-garde raised the stakes of this engagement to programmatic explicitness. But even beyond the vanguard, the global phenomenon of jazz combined somatic assault with sensory tutelage. Jazz, like the new technologies of modernity, re-calibrated sensory ratios. The criterion of the new as self-making also extended to names: pseudonyms and heteronyms. The protocols of modernism solicited a pragmatic arousal of bodily sensation as artistic resource, validating an acrobatic sensibility ranging from slapstick and laughter to the pathos of bereavement. Expressivity trumped representation. The artwork was a diagram of perception, not a mimetic rendering. For artists, the historical pressures of altered perception provoked new models, and Ezra Pound's slogan 'Make It New' became the generic rallying cry of renovation. The paradigmatic stance of the avant-garde was established by Futurism, but the discovery of prehistoric art added another provocation to artists. Paleolithic caves validated the spirit of all-over composition, unframed and dynamic. Geometric abstraction, Constructivism and Purism, and Surrealism were all in quest of a new mythology. Making it new yielded a new pathos in the sensation of radical discrepancy between futurist striving and remotest antiquity. The Paleolithic cave and the USSR emitted comparable siren calls on behalf of the remote past and the desired future. As such, the present was suffused with the pathos of being neither, but subject to both.

Projecting Words, Writing Images

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ISBN 10 : 9781443833349
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Download or read book Projecting Words, Writing Images written by John R. Leo and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2011-08-08 with total page 380 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This compilation of essays by 20 scholars trained in comparative literatures, art history, critical theory, and American cultural studies further explores and expands the spirited and energetic field of visual cultural studies and its cognate or supplemental projects of “visual practices” and “visual literacy.” Their topics and perspectives engage contemporary re-theorizations of “text,” of “word” and “image,” while their alignments, ruptures, slippages and aporias fall across a range of media practices and institutions. These include photography and exhibition, film, television, entertainment, journalism, poetry and literature as visual and spectacular performances, and graphic narratives, but also their discursive intersections with “race” and ethnicity, their conjugations of gender, their tense and constitutive relations within multiple public spheres and (post)modernities.

The Cinema of Poetry

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ISBN 10 : 9780199337026
Pages : 276 pages
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Download or read book The Cinema of Poetry written by P. Adams Sitney and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2014-12-03 with total page 276 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-270) and index.

Film and Urban Space

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ISBN 10 : 9780748678143
Pages : 208 pages
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Download or read book Film and Urban Space written by Geraldine Pratt and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2014-06-23 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Identifies and analyses the major debates about the crucial historical relationship between film and the city to consider existing and future possibilities.

Shell Shock Cinema

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Download or read book Shell Shock Cinema written by Anton Kaes and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2011-10-02 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'Shell Shock Cinema' shows how classical German cinema of the Weimar Republic was haunted by the horrors of World War I & the trauma of Germany's humiliating defeat. Anton Kaes argues that even films which do not depict war reveal a wounded nation in post-traumatic shock.

European Art Cinema

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ISBN 10 : 9781317572053
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Download or read book European Art Cinema written by John White and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-10-14 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: European art cinema includes some of the most famous films in cinema history. It is elite filmmaking that stands in direct opposition to popular cinema; and yet, it also has an intimate relationship with Hollywood. This guidebook sketches successive phases of art cinema in Europe from its early beginnings of putting Shakespeare’s plays on the screen, through movements such as Expressionism and Surrealism, to the New Waves of the 1960s and more recent incarnations like Dogme 95. Using film examples, John White examines basic critical approaches to art cinema such as semiotics and auteur theory, as well as addressing recurring themes and ideas such as existentialism and Christian belief. The different levels of political commitment and social criticism, which appear in many of these films, are also discussed. The book includes case studies of eight representative films: • The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene, 1920) • Earth (Dovzhenko, 1930) • A Man Escaped (Bresson, 1956) • Hiroshima mon amour (Resnais, 1959) • Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog, 1972) • Comrades (Douglas, 1986) • Le Quattro Volte (Frammartino, 2010) • Silence (Collins, 2012).

Stan Brakhage the realm buster

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Download or read book Stan Brakhage the realm buster written by Marco Lori and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 2017-06-06 with total page 200 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Stan Brakhage’s body of work counts as one of the most important within post-war avant-garde cinema, and yet it has rarely been given the attention it deserves. Over the years, though, diverse and original reflections have developed, distancing his figure little by little from critical categories. This collection of newly commissioned essays, plus some important reprinted work, queries some of the consensus on Brakhage’s films. In particular, many of these essays revolve around the controversial issues of representation and perception. This project sets out from the assumption that Brakhage’s art is articulated primarily through opposing tensions, which donate his figure and films an extraordinary depth, even as they evince fleetingness, elusivity and paradoxicality. This collection aims not only to clarify aspects of Brakhage’s art, but also to show how his work is involved in a constant mediation between antinomies and opposites. At the same time, his art presents a multifaceted object endlessly posing new questions to the viewer, for which no point of entry or perspective is preferred in respect to the others. Acknowledging this, this volume hopes that the experience of his films will be revitalised. Featuring topics as diverse as the technical and semantic ambiguity of blacks, the fissures in mimetic representation of the ‘it’ within the ‘itself’ of an image, the film-maker as practical psychologist through cognitive theories, the critique of ocularcentrism by mingling sight with other senses such as touch, films that can actually philosophise in a Wittgensteinian way, political guilt and collusion in aesthetic forms, a disjunctive, reflexive, and phenomenological temporality realising Deleuze’s image-time, and the echoes of Ezra Pound and pneumophantasmology in the quest of art as spiritual revelation; this book addresses not only scholars, but also is a thorough and thought-provoking introduction for the uninitiated. Contributors include: Nicky Hamlyn, Peter Mudie, Paul Taberham, Gareth Evans, Rebecca A. Sheehan, Christina Chalmers, Stephen Mooney and Marco Lori.

Dada and Existentialism

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Download or read book Dada and Existentialism written by Elizabeth Benjamin and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-08-30 with total page 229 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Offering new critical approaches to Dada as quintessential part of the Avant-Garde, Dada and Existentialism: the Authenticity of Ambiguity reassesses the movement as a form of (proto-) Existentialist philosophy. Dada is often dismissed as an anti-art movement with a merely destructive theoretical impetus. French Existentialism is often condemned for its perceived quietist implications. However, closer analysis reveals a preoccupation with philosophy in the former and with art in the latter. Moreover, neither was nonsensical or meaningless; both reveal a rich individualist ethics aimed at the amelioration of the individual and society. The first major comparative study of Dada and Existentialism, this text contributes new perspectives on Dada as movement, historical legacy, and field of study. Analysing Dada works through Existentialist literature across the themes of choice, alienation, responsibility, freedom and truth, the text posits that Dada and Existentialism both advocate the creation of a self that aims for authenticity through ambiguity.

Unraveling French Cinema

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Download or read book Unraveling French Cinema written by T. Jefferson Kline and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2010-01-12 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Unraveling French Cinema provides a much needed introduction to the complexities of French film for students, cineastes, and the movie-loving public. Looks at the differences between French and American national cinema Explores how French directors shape their films around two potentially divergent goals: the narration of a story and an elaboration of some theory about film itself. Demystifies the “difficulty” of French cinema, allowing the American movie-goer to enjoy films that are too often perplexing at a first viewing. Offers extended analyses of classic, New Wave, and contemporary French films—including L’Atalante, Adele H., The Rules of the Game, and Cache.

James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film

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Download or read book James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film written by Cleo Hanaway-Oakley and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2017-06-30 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film reappraises the lines of influence said to exist between Joyce's writing and early cinema and provides an alternative to previous psychoanalytic readings of Joyce and film. Through a compelling combination of historical research and critical analysis, Cleo Hanaway-Oakley demonstrates that Joyce, early film-makers, and phenomenologists (Maurice Merleau-Ponty, in particular) share a common enterprise: all are concerned with showing, rather than explaining, the 'inherence of the self in the world'. Instead of portraying an objective, neutral world, bereft of human input, Joyce, the film-makers, and the phenomenologists present embodied, conscious engagement with the environment and others: they are interested in the world-as-it-is-lived and transcend the seemingly-rigid binaries of seer/seen, subject/object, absorptive/theatrical, and personal/impersonal. This book re-evaluates the history of body- and spectator-focused film theories, placing Merleau-Ponty at the centre of the discussion, and considers the ways in which Joyce may have encountered such theories. In a wealth of close analyses, Joyce's fiction is read alongside the work of early film-makers such as Charlie Chaplin, Georges Méliès, and Mitchell and Kenyon, and in relation to the philosophical dimensions of early-cinematic devices such as the Mutoscope, the stereoscope, and the panorama. By putting Joyce's literary work—Ulysses above all—into dialogue with both early cinema and phenomenology, this book elucidates and enlivens literature, film, and philosophy.

History of a Shiver

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Download or read book History of a Shiver written by Jed Rasula and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2016-02-11 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An abrupt break in the more conventional modes of artistic expression, for many, marks the advent of modernism in the early twentieth century. However, as Jed Rasula's alternative history shows, modernist aesthetics owe a significant debt to techniques and styles pioneered and establishedthroughout the nineteenth century. An ambitious inter-arts exploration of patterns between one generation and another form the through-line of History of a Shiver: the backdrop of Wagner's epic nineteenth-century operas illuminates the music of Arnold Schoenberg and the Viennese School, in additionto literary works by Marcel Proust, Robert Musil, and Ezra Pound; the collodion glass plates deployed by Victorian photographers reveal the debt of Dada and Man Ray's innovative photograms to an era associated with realism; the brass bands conducted by John Philip Sousa in the 1880s and 1890s form ablueprint for instrumentation that gave rise to jazz; and the French symbolist verse of Stephane Mallarme and Paul Verlaine inspire the surrealist artworks of Salvador Dali.In addition to these connections, Rasula's book similarly considers phenomena in theatre, sculpture, and the "visual music" of figures like Thomas Wilfrid and Wassily Kandinsky. Taken together, the chapters of History of a Shiver emphasize the importance of inter-collaboration and influence in anartistic period when artfroms are traditionally isolated from one another and primarily celebrated for severing ties with the past.