Examines the unique qualities of Canadian cinema, situating it within the broader spectrum of Canadian culture as a whole. Bruce Elder explores the essential features of Canadian thought and the distinctive Canadian philosophical traditions that developed in response to our particular historical and geographical circumstances.
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R Bruce Elder is a filmmaker, critic, and teacher (and former Program Director) in the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. His film work has been screened at New York's Museum of Modern Art and Millennium Film Workshop, Berlin's Kino Arsenal, Paris' Centre Pompidou, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Atlanta's High Museum, Los Angeles' Film Forum, Stadtfilmmuseum Munchen, and Hamburg's Kino Metropolis. Retrospectives of his work have been presented by Anthology Film Archives (NY), the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cinematheque Quebecoise, Il Festival Senzatitolo (Trento), Images Film and Video Festival (Toronto).
Foreword; Preface; Introduction: In Reality, Who Are We?; A House Divided; Two Schools of Thought; An Aesthetic of Reconciliation; The Documentary Film in Canada; Narrative Transmission in American Direct Cinema Films & Canadian Candid-Eye Films; The Reality Principle: "Goin Down the Road"; Modes of Representation in Cinema; Michael Snows "Wavelength"; From Painting into Cinema: A Study of Jack Chambers "Circle"; All Things in Their Time: On Michael Snows; The Photographic Image in Canadian Avant-Garde Film; Michael Snow Presents "Presents"; Idealism, Photography & the Canadian Avant-Garde Film; Forms of Cinema: Models of Self; Bibliography; Index.
"Elder's work, combining a provocative thesis, a national and international philosophic and artistic context, and a thorough analysis of selected Canadian postmodern works, is a stimulus and a challenge to anyone interested in Canadian art and culture."--Paul Tiessen "Canadian Literature, Number 135 "
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