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  • EBA De Gruyter EBooks  (593)
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  • 1
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2019-2020
    ISBN: 9789048526253 
    Title: Neorealist Film Culture, 1945-1954
    Subtitle: Rome, Open Cinema
    Publisher(s): Amsterdam University Press
    Year of publication: 2019-2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9789048526253
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Unique, truthful, brutal... Neorealism is often associated with adjectives stressing its peculiarities in representing the real, its lack of antecedents, and its legacy in terms of film style. While this is useful when confronting auteurs such as De Sica, Rossellini or Visconti, it becomes problematic when examining a widespread cultural practice that realistic modes deeply affected. This cultural production included filmmaking, literature, visual culture and photography, as well as media discourses. It was internally contradictory but fruitful inasmuch as its legacy influenced national culture for many decades to come. [-][-]The volume spotlights post-war Italian film culture by locating a series of crossroads, i.e. topics barely examined when discussing neorealism: nation, memory and trauma, visual culture, stardom, and performance. The aim is to deconstruct neorealism as a monument and to open up its cultural history
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  • 2
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9789048529353 
    Title: Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Film
    Publisher(s): Amsterdam University Press
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9789048529353
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Walter Benjamin is today regarded as one of the leading thinkers of the twentieth century. Often captured in pensive pose, his image is now that of a serious intellectual. But Benjamin was also a fan of the comedies of Adolphe Menjou, Mickey Mouse, and Charlie Chaplin. As an antidote to repressive civilization, he developed, through these figures, a theory of laughter. Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Film is the first monograph to thoroughly analyse Benjamin's film writings, contextualizing them within his oeuvre whilst also paying attention to the various films, actors, and directors that sparked his interest. The book situates all these writings with Benjamin's 'anthropological materialism', a concept that analyses the transformations of the human sensorium through technology. Through the term 'innervation', Benjamin thought of film spectatorship as an empowering reception that, through a rush of energy, would form a collective body within the audience, interpenetrating a liberated technology into the distracted spectators. Benjamin's writings on Soviet film and German cinema, Charlie Chaplin, and Mickey Mouse are analysed in relation to this posthuman constellation that Benjamin had started to dream of in the early twenties, long before he started to theorize about films
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  • 3
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9781644692721 
    Contributer: Condee, Nancy , Prokhorov, Alexander , Prokhorova, Elena
    Title: Cinemasaurus
    Subtitle: Russian Film in Contemporary Context
    Publisher(s): Academic Studies Press
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781644692721
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Cinemasaurus examines contemporary Russian cinema as a new visual economy, emerging over three decades after the Soviet collapse. Focusing on debates and films exhibited at Russian and US public festivals where the films have premiered, the volume's contributors-the new generation of US scholars studying Russian cinema-examine four issues of Russia's transition: (1) its imperial legacy, (2) the emergence of a film market and its new genres, (3) Russia's uneven integration into European values and hierarchies, (4) the renegotiation of state power vis-à-vis arthouse and independent cinemas. An introductory essay frames each of the four sections, with 90 films total under discussion, concluding with a historical timeline and five interviews of key film-industry figures formative of the historical context
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  • 4
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    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9781501748202 
    Title: Silent Serial Sensations
    Subtitle: The Wharton Brothers and the Magic of Early Cinema
    Publisher(s): Cornell University Press
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781501748202
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: The first book-length study of pioneering and prolific filmmakers Ted and Leo Wharton, Silent Serial Sensations offers a fascinating account of the dynamic early film industry. As Barbara Tepa Lupack demonstrates, the Wharton brothers were behind some of the most profitable and influential productions of the era, including The Exploits of Elaine and The Mysteries of Myra, which starred such popular performers as Pearl White, Irene Castle, Francis X. Bushman, and Lionel Barrymore. Working from the independent film studio they established in Ithaca, New York, Ted and Leo turned their adopted town into "Hollywood on Cayuga." By interweaving contemporary events and incorporating technological and scientific innovations, the Whartons expanded the possibilities of the popular serial motion picture and defined many of its conventions. A number of the sensational techniques and character types they introduced are still being employed by directors and producers a century later
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  • 5
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9789048543892 
    Title: LGBTQ Film Festivals
    Subtitle: Curating Queerness
    Publisher(s): Amsterdam University Press
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9789048543892
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: While scholars have theorized major film festivals, they have ignored smaller, ephemeral, events. In taking seriously minor European and North-American LGBT festivals which often only exist as traces within archival collections, this book revisits festival studies' methodological and theoretical apparatuses. As the first 'critique' of festival studies from within, LGBTQ Film Festivals argues that both festivals and queer film cultures are by definition ephemeral.[-]The book is organized around two concepts: First, 'critical festival studies' examines the political project and disciplinary assumptions that structure festival research. Second, 'the festival as a method' pays attention to festivals' role as producers of knowledge: it argues that festivals are not mere objects of research but also actors already shaping academic, industrial, and popular cinematic knowledge. Drawing on my experience on the festival circuit, this book pays homage to the labour of queer organizers, critics, and scholars and opens up new avenues for festival research
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  • 6
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9789048532612 
    Title: Theme Park Fandom
    Subtitle: Spatial Transmedia, Materiality and Participatory Cultures
    Publisher(s): Amsterdam University Press
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9789048532612
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This book argues that serious study of theme parks and their adult fans has much to tell us about contemporary transmediality and convergence, themed and immersive spaces, and audience relationships with places of meaning. Considering the duopoly of Disney and Universal in Orlando, the book explores a range of theme park experiences including planning trips, meeting characters, eating and drinking, engaging in practices such as cosplay and re-enactment, and memorializing lost attractions. Highlighting key themes such as immersion, materiality, cultural distinctions, and self-identity, the book argues that theme parks are a crucial site for the exploration of transmediality and the development of paratexts. Proposing the key concepts of spatial transmedia and haptic fandom, the book offers analysis of the intersections between fandom, media texts, and merchandise, as well as fans' own affective and physical responses to visiting the parks
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  • 7
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9780231851176 
    Person(s): Morag, Raya
    Title: Perpetrator Cinema
    Subtitle: Confronting Genocide in Cambodian Documentary
    Publisher(s): Columbia University Press
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780231851176
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Perpetrator Cinema explores a new trend in the cinematic depiction of genocide that has emerged in Cambodian documentary in the late twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries. While past films documenting the Holocaust and genocides in Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and elsewhere have focused on collecting and foregrounding the testimony of survivors and victims, the intimate horror of the autogenocide enables post–Khmer Rouge Cambodian documentarians to propose a direct confrontation between the first-generation survivor and the perpetrator of genocide. These films break with Western tradition and disrupt the political view that reconciliation is the only legitimate response to atrocities of the past. Rather, transcending the perpetrator’s typical denial or partial confession, this extraordinary form of “duel” documentary creates confrontational tension and opens up the possibility of a transformation in power relations, allowing viewers to access feelings of moral resentment.Raya Morag examines works by Rithy Panh, Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, and Lida Chan and Guillaume Suon, among others, to uncover the ways in which filmmakers endeavor to allow the survivors’ moral status and courage to guide viewers to a new, more complete understanding of the processes of coming to terms with the past. These documentaries show how moral resentment becomes a way to experience, symbolize, judge, and finally incorporate evil into a system of ethics. Morag’s analysis reveals how perpetrator cinema provides new epistemic tools and propels the recent social-cultural-psychological shift from the era of the witness to the era of the perpetrator
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  • 8
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9783839449271 
    Contributer: Nieser, Florian
    Title: Die Dechiffrierung von Helden
    Subtitle: Aspekte einer Semiotik des Heroischen vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart
    Publisher(s): transcript-Verlag
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9783839449271
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Riesen und mittelalterliche Helden, aber auch Batman, Leonidas und Dr. Who - die Beiträger_innen des Bandes erarbeiten einen zeichenbasierten Zugang zum breiten Spektrum an Heldenfiguren, von vergangenen Jahrhunderten bis in die Gegenwart hinein. Zentral steht dabei das Verhältnis von heldenhafter Figur zu ihrem charakteristischen Zeicheninventar. Der breit aufgestellte interdisziplinäre Ansatz ermöglicht dabei Rückschlüsse, inwiefern von einer zeitübergreifenden Existenz einer »Helden-Semiotik« ausgegangen werden kann und welche Schlussfolgerungen sich daraus für synchrone und diachrone Heldenkonzeptionen ziehen lassen
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  • 9
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2019-2020
    ISBN: 9783110580761 
    Person(s): Lehmann, Hauke
    Title: Affect Poetics of the New Hollywood
    Subtitle: Suspense, Paranoia, and Melancholy
    Publisher(s): De Gruyter
    Year of publication: 2019-2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9783110580761
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: How is affective experience produced in the cinema? And how can we write a history of this experience? By asking these questions, this study by Hauke Lehmann aims at rethinking our conception of a critical period in US film history - the New Hollywood: as a moment of crisis that can neither be reduced to economic processes of adaption nor to a collection of masterpieces. Rather, the fine-grained analysis of core films reveals the power of cinematic images to affect their audiences - to confront them with the new. The films of the New Hollywood redefine the divisions of the classical genre system in a radical way and thereby transform the way spectators are addressed affectively in the cinema. The study describes a complex interplay between three modes of affectivity: suspense, paranoia, and melancholy. All three, each in their own way, implicate spectators in the deep-seated contradictions of their own feelings and their ways of being in the world: their relations to history, to society, and to cultural fantasy. On this basis, Affect Poetics of the New Hollywood projects an original conception of film history: as an affective history which can be re-written up to the present day
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  • 10
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9781487531959 
    Person(s): Dvorak, Marta
    Title: Mavis Gallant
    Subtitle: The Eye and the Ear
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781487531959
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Repositioning Mavis Gallant as a late modernist figure, this book interrogates the Paris-based Canadian expatriate at the juncture of multiple, transnational interacting fields. Marta Dvořák draws on private correspondence and conversations with the Gallant who loved pictures, films, and music to examine her relations with the arts and to interrogate how modernity's aesthetic systems meet within a transcontinental cultural context. Deploying philosophical aesthetics, Dvořák identifies the formal painterly, cinematic, and musical dynamics which light up Gallant's writing. Dvořák opens a dialogue between Gallant and other international modernists and also with those they were reading, watching, and listening to. These range from the moving pictures which shaped her generation to the rhythm and dissonance of modernist compositions and jazz, which - like the Cubist rupture with academic spatial perspective - spearheaded modernity's aesthetics of dislocation. How does Gallant's work work? The analogies drawn between Gallant and certain European filmmakers provide a visual key to the writer's sleights-of-hand and tonal shifts. Through hands-on analyses focusing on the eye and the ear, Dvořák investigates the osmosis between Gallant's texts (including her critically neglected novels) and both music and visual culture. The adventurous close readings offer guiding interpretive keys to readers dazzled or puzzled by "a writers' writer."
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