Cinema Against Spectacle
Title
Cinema Against Spectacle
Subtitle
Technique and Ideology Revisited
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€ 46,95
ISBN
9789089645548
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
348
Language
English
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Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Category
Film Studies
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Table of Contents Preface (Philip Rosen) Introduction (Daniel Fairfax) "Yes we were utopians; in a way, I still am...": Interview with Jean-Louis Comolli Cinema against Spectacle I. Opening the Window? II. Inventing the Cinema? III. Filming the Disaster? IV. Cutting the Figure? V. Changing the Spectator? Technique and Ideology Introduction I. On a Dual Origin The ideological place of the "base apparatus" Birth = deferral: the invention of the cinema II. Depth of Field: the Double Scene Bazin's "surplus realism" The work of "transparency" For a materialist history of the cinema "For the first time..." III. "Primitive" Depth of Field IV. Effacement of Depth/Advent of Speech V. Which Speech? Appendix I: Cinema/Ideology/Criticism Appendix II: Machines of the Visible Glossary of Terms Publication History Filmography Bibliography Translator's Notes Index
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"Hopefully this intelligent edition will make Comolli and his work more visible to contemporary readers, while also positing the development of a more ‘scientific’ ideological critique not just of individual films, but of cinema and the society of the spectacle as a whole." - William Brown in New Review of Film and Television Studies

Jean-Louis Comolli

Cinema Against Spectacle

Technique and Ideology Revisited

Jean-Louis Comolli’s six-part essay Technique and Ideologyhad a revolutionary effect on film theory and history when it first appeared in Cahiers du Cinéma in 1971. In 2009, Comolli revisited his earlier text, arguing that the present age, marked by the total dominance of media-filtered spectacle over image production, makes the need for an 'emancipated, critical spectator' more pressing than ever. In this volume, Daniel Fairfax presents annotated translations of these two texts to provide an overview of Comolli’s activity as both a theorist and a filmmaker.
Author

Jean-Louis Comolli

Jean-Louis Comolli is a French writer, editor, and film director. He was editor of Cahiers du cinéma in 1965-73.