Global Art Cinema

Global Art Cinema : New Theories and Histories

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Art cinema is a canonical term used in critical histories of postwar world cinema to carve out a space of aesthetic and commercial distinction that is neither mainstream nor avant-garde. For over fifty years, "art cinema" has defined how audiences and critics imagine cinema outside Hollywood, and this book uses art cinema's unique position to explore questions central to contemporary film studies. However, surprisingly little scholarly attention has been paid to the concept since the 1970s. The term itself almost began to seem quaint. Despite these conservative connotations, art cinema retains at its core a comparitivist and internationalist impulse central to any understanding of globalized culture. In the last thirty years, art cinema has flourished worldwide. The emergence of Central European, East Asian, and Latin American new waves, as well as northern Europe's Dogme and Iranian realism have contributed a vibrant new body of films that also demonstrates the centrality of art cinema to thinking film as a global phenomenon. This anthology reassesses the field of art cinema in light of recent scholarship on world film culture. The editors, each known for their important work in new approaches to international cinemas, have assembled a stimulating group of essays that cover the major issues in global art cinema, including new theorizations of the film image; revised industrial, legal, and exhibition histories; and the renewed debates about national, postcolonial, and regional cinema cultures. Global Art Cinema thus brings together a diverse group of authors in a timely conversation that reaffirms the category of art cinema as relevant, provocative, and even fundamental to contemporary film studies.show more

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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 182 x 254 x 26mm | 821g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195385624
  • 9780195385625

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After a deftly argued introduction that's alive to all the complexities and potential problems of definition, the following chapters cover all the bases you'd expect... But there's no doubt this book opens up an area short on theory and argues persuasively for art cinema's validity as a critical category that brings most other film studies categories into question. * Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound * a welcome and illuminating addition to the literature on world cinema. * Billy Bud Vermillion, Scope *show more

About Rosalind Galt

Rosalind Galt is a Senior Lecturer in film studies in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. She is the author of The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map (2006), an assessment of the spaces of European cinema after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as articles in journals such as Screen, Camera Obscura, Cinema Journal and Discourse, and in the collections European Film Theory (2008) and On Michael Haneke (2010). Karl Schoonover is Assistant Professor of film studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University. He is currently completing a book that examines corporeality in Italian neorealism.show more

Table of contents

Foreword ; Dudley Andrew ; Introduction ; The Impurity of Art Cinema ; Rosalind Galt and Karl Schoonover ; 1. Delimiting the Field ; Beyond Europe: A Parametric Tradition? ; Mark Betz ; The Fantastic Trajectory of Pink Art Cinema From Stalin to Bush ; Sharon Hayashi ; Towards an Inclusive, Exclusive Approach to Art Cinema ; David Andrews ; Unthinking Heterocentrism: Bisexual Representability in Art Cinema ; Maria San Filippo ; Interactive Art Cinema: Between "Old" and "New" Media with Un Chien andalou and eXistenZ ; Adam Lowenstein ; 2. The Art Cinema Image ; Art/Cinema and Cosmopolitanism Today ; Brian Price ; Between Auditorium and Gallery: Perception in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Films and Installations ; Jihoon Kim ; Pasolini's Exquisite Flowers: "The 'Cinema of Poetry'" as a ; John David Rhodes ; From Index to Figure in the European Art Film: The Case of The Conformist ; Angelo Restivo ; Surrealism in Art and Film: Face and Time ; Angela Dalle Vacche ; 3. Art Cinema Histories ; The Volcano and the Barren Hill: Gabriel Figueroa and the Space of Art Cinema ; Patrick Keating ; The Essay Film as a Cinema of Ideas ; Timothy Corrigan ; The Cloud-Capped Star: Ritwik Ghatak on the Horizon of Global Art Cinema ; Manishita Dass ; Notes on Art Cinema and the Emergence of Sub-Saharan Film ; Philip Rosen ; Disentangling the International Festival Circuit: Genre and Iranian Cinema ; Azadeh Farahmand ; 4. Geopolitical Intersections ; European Art Cinema, Affect, and Post-colonialism: Herzog, Denis, and the Dardenne Brothers ; E. Ann Kaplan ; Offering Tales They Want to Hear: Transnational European Film Funding as Neo-Orientalism ; Randall Halle ; Abderrahmane Sissako: Second and Third Cinema in the First Person ; Rachel Gabara ; Tsai Ming-liang's Haunted Movie Theater ; Jean Ma ; Traveling Theory, Shots, and Players: Jorge Sanjines, New Latin American Cinema, and the European Art Film ; Dennis Hanlon ; Critical Bibliography ; Notes on the Contributorsshow more

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