Screening the Unwatchable

Author: A. Grønstad
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230355854
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Tracing the rise of extreme art cinema across films from Lars von Trier's The Idiots to Michael Haneke's Caché, Asbjørn Grønstad revives the debate about the role of negation and aesthetics, and reframes the concept of spectatorship in ethical terms.

Space and Being in Contemporary French Cinema

Author: James S. Williams
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526102218
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book brings together for the first time five French directors who have established themselves as among the most exciting and significant working today: Bruno Dumont, Robert Guédiguian, Laurent Cantet, Abdellatif Kechiche, and Claire Denis. Whatever their chosen habitats or shifting terrains, each of these highly distinctive auteurs has developed unique strategies of representation and framing that reflect a profound investment in the geophysical world. Foregrounding the centrality of space and spatial identity within both the French cinematic tradition and modern French thought, Space and Being in Contemporary French Cinema proposes that we think about cinematographic space in its many different forms simultaneously (screenspace, landscape, narrative space, soundscape, spectatorial space). Through a series of close and original readings of selected films, it posits a new 'space of the cinematic subject'. If cinema, it argues, shows us both the process of physical space becoming formal space and the world becoming the world, then to destabilise the cinematic frame is potentially to rediscover the material world afresh. Accessible and wide-ranging, this volume examines our contemporary experience of perception and subjectivity and suggests that cinema extends ethically the parameters of the visual field when it engages directly with space as a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experience. The book opens up new areas of critical enquiry in the expanding interdisciplinary field of space studies. It will be of immediate interest to students and researchers working not only in film studies and film philosophy, but also in French/Francophone studies, postcolonial studies, gender and cultural studies. Listen to James S. Williams speaking about his book http://bit.ly/13xCGZN. (Copy and paste the link into your browser)

Slow Cinema

Author: Tiago de Luca
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748696032
Format: PDF, ePub
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Focused on a body of films bound together through a cinematic aesthetic of slowness, this book is a pioneering effort to situate, theorise and map out slow cinema within contemporary global film production and across world cinema history.

The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media

Author: Liz Greene
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137516801
Format: PDF
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This book bridges the existing gap between film sound and film music studies by bringing together scholars from both disciplines who challenge the constraints of their subject areas by thinking about integrated approaches to the soundtrack. As the boundaries between scoring and sound design in contemporary cinema have become increasingly blurred, both film music and film sound studies have responded by expanding their range of topics and the scope of their analysis beyond those traditionally addressed. The running theme of the book is the disintegration of boundaries, which permeates discussions about industry, labour, technology, aesthetics and audiovisual spectatorship. The collaborative nature of screen media is addressed not only in scholarly chapters but also through interviews with key practitioners that include sound recordists, sound designers, composers, orchestrators and music supervisors who honed their skills on films, TV programmes, video games, commercials and music videos.

Hardcore Horror Cinema in the 21st Century

Author: James Aston
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476668884
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The first of its kind, this study examines the exemplars of hardcore horror--Fred Vogel's August Underground trilogy, Shane Ryan's Amateur Porn Star Killer series and Lucifer Valentine's "vomit gore" films. The author begins with a definition and critical overview of this marginalized subgenre before exploring its key aesthetic convention, the pursuit of realist horror. Production practices, exhibition and marketing strategies are discussed in an in-depth interview with filmmaker Shane Ryan. Audience reception is covered with a focus on fan interaction via the Internet.

Cinema and Agamben

Author: Henrik Gustafsson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501308599
Format: PDF
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Through the influential work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, these essays facilitate a unique multidisciplinary conversation that fundamentally rethinks the theory and praxis of cinema.

The Cambridge History of South African Literature

Author: David Attwell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316175138
Format: PDF, Docs
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South Africa's unique history has produced literatures in many languages, in both oral and written forms, reflecting the diversity in the cultural histories and experiences of its people. The Cambridge History offers a comprehensive, multi-authored history of South African literature in all eleven official languages (and more minor ones) of the country, produced by a team of over forty international experts, including contributors from all of the major regions and language groups of South Africa. It will provide a complete portrait of South Africa's literary production, organised as a chronological history from the oral traditions existing before colonial settlement, to the post-apartheid revision of the past. In a field marked by controversy, this volume is more fully representative than any existing account of South Africa's literary history. It will make a unique contribution to Commonwealth, international and postcolonial studies and serve as a definitive reference work for decades to come.

Transfigurations

Author: Asbjørn Grønstad
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 908964010X
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In many senses, viewers have cut their teeth on the violence in American cinema: from Anthony Perkins slashing Janet Leigh in the most infamous of shower scenes; to the 1970s masterpieces of Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah and Francis Ford Coppola; to our present-day undertakings in imagining global annihilations through terrorism, war, and alien grudges. Transfigurations brings our cultural obsession with film violence into a renewed dialogue with contemporary theory. Grønstad argues that the use of violence in Hollywood films should be understood semiotically rather than viewed realistically; Tranfigurations thus alters both our methodology of reading violence in films and the meanings we assign to them, depicting violence not as a self-contained incident, but as a convoluted network of our own cultural ideologies and beliefs.

Coverscaping

Author: Asbjørn Grønstad
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
ISBN: 8763507749
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Focusing on the semiotics, poetics, and rhetoric of album covers, "Image-Music-Text" gives a serious study of this neglected art form. Working from the assumption that record sleeves may be found to represent a visual genre in its own right, the essays in this book engage in various ways with the analysis of what one might call the pictorial component of recorded music. The contributions from scholars in many different fields run the whole gamut from close readings of individual covers to more theoretical or philosophical explorations of the aesthetic nature and artistic value of album covers.

The Digital Dialectic

Author: Peter Lunenfeld
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262621373
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Publisher description: "This text takes an interdisciplinary approach to visual and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media and art forms. It includes contributions by scholars, artists and entrepreneurs who combine theoretical investigations with hands-on analysis of the possibilities (and limitations) of new technology. The key concept is the digital dialectic: a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice.".