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Projections of Memory : Romanticism, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of Film (Paperback) (Richard I.
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Although the length of commercially distributed feature films has remained relatively standardized since the mid-1910s, there is also a small but substantial body of ambitious works that utilize their extraordinarily long durations to give cinema the character of a religious ritual. While their methods and overall goals vary considerably, these works actively participate in a modernist exploration of the relationship between form and content, often taking their innovations to what seem to be their limits, simultaneously establishing and exhausting their own paradigms. Their makers strove to create cinematic cathedrals, monuments to the imagination that promise profound transformations of vision, selfhood, and experience. Unique both in their formal adventurousness and their modes of presentation, works like Napoléon (Abel Gance, 1927), Eniaios(Gregory Markopoulos, 1947-1992), Out 1 (Jacques Rivette, 1971), andHistoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1988-1998) utilize their temporal scale to create a particularly intense form of spectatorial engagement that is wedded to or related to a larger utopian program. Synthesizing their disparate influences into magisterial edifices, these projects treat cinema as a space in which the most ancient forms can be made radically new.
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Performing Arts, Philosophy
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Richard I. Suchenski
Street Date: July 29, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-44-1638