The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film

The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film

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By (author) Laura Rascoroli

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  • Publisher: WALLFLOWER PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 20mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1906660123
  • ISBN 13: 9781906660123
  • Illustrations note: 12
  • Sales rank: 361,131

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"The Personal Camera" is an exploration of an elusive but more and more compelling field: essayistic cinema. The essay film, together with its cognate forms--the diary, the travelogue, the notebook and the self-portrait--is cinema in the first person. It is a cinema of thought, of investigation and self-reflection, in which the filmmaker, instead of withdrawing behind the camera, comes out into the open, to say 'I', to take responsibility, and to address and engage with the spectator within a shared space of embodied subjectivity. Authorial, experimental and radical, essayistic cinema belongs within the lineage of avant-garde and political filmmaking and responds above all to the need we feel today for more contingent, autobiographical, private forms of expression. This study provides a unique insight into an intricate but fascinating field, by engaging with the work of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Harun Farocki, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alexander Sokurov, Michelangelo Antonioni, Derek Jarman, Federico Fellini, Wim Wenders, Jonas Mekas and Agn's Varda.

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Laura Rascaroli is senior lecturer in film studies at University College Cork, Ireland. She is the author, in collaboration with Ewa Mazierska, of "From Moscow to Madrid: Postmodern Cities, European Cinema" (2003), "The Cinema of Nanni Moretti: Dreams and Diaries" (2004), and "Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie" (2006).

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Rascaroli's text is one of impressive intellectual rigor and of utter importance to the study of an ever-changing form -- subjective cinema -- and of filmmaking at large.--Daniele Rugo"Scope" (01/01/0001)