Essays on the Essay Film

Film and Culture Series; Columbia University Press
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  • erschienen am 14. März 2017
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  • 390 Seiten
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The essay-with its emphasis on the provisional and explorative rather than on definitive statements-has evolved from its literary beginnings and is now found in all mediums, including film. Today, the essay film is, arguably, one of the most widely acclaimed and critically discussed forms of filmmaking around the world, with practitioners such as Chris Marker, Hito Steyerl, Errol Morris, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Rithy Panh. Characteristics of the essay film include the blending of fact and fiction, the mixing of art- and documentary-film styles, the foregrounding of subjective points of view, a concentration on public life, a tension between acoustic and visual discourses, and a dialogic encounter with audiences.

This anthology of fundamental statements on the essay film offers a range of crucial historical and philosophical perspectives. It provides early critical articulations of the essay film as it evolved through the 1950s and 1960s, key contemporary scholarly essays, and a selection of writings by essay filmmakers. It features texts on the foundations of the essay film by writers such as Hans Richter and André Bazin; contemporary positions by, among others, Phillip Lopate and Michael Renov; and original essays by filmmakers themselves, including Laura Mulvey and Isaac Julien.

  • Englisch
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  • USA
Columbia University Press
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978-0-231-54399-6 (9780231543996)
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Edited by Nora M. Alter and Timothy Corrigan

Introduction, by Nora M. Alter and Timothy Corrigan Part I. Foundations 1. "On the Nature and Form of the Essay," by Georg Lukács 2. The Man Without Qualities, by Robert Musil 3. "On the Essay and Its Prose," by Max Bense 4. "The Essay as Form," by Theodor W. Adorno 5. "Preface to The Collected Essays of Aldous Huxley," by Aldous Huxley Part II. The Essay Film Through History 6. "The Film Essay: A New Type of Documentary Film," by Hans Richter 7. "The Future of Cinema," by Alexandre Astruc 8. "Bazin on Marker," by André Bazin Part III. Contemporary Positions 9. "In Search of the Centaur: The Essay-Film," by Phillip Lopate 10. "The Political Im/Perceptible in the Essay Film: Farocki's Images of the World and the Inscription of War," by Nora M. Alter 11. "Essay Questions," by Paul Arthur 12. "The Electronic Essay," by Michael Renov 13. "The Essay Film: Problems, Definitions, Textual Commitments," by Laura Rascaroli 14. "Of the History of the Essay Film: Vertov, to Varda," by Timothy Corrigan 15. "The Cinema and the Essay as a Way of Thinking," by Raymond Bellour 16. "The Essay Film: From Film Festival Favorite to Flexible Commodity Form?," by Thomas Elsaesser Part IV. Filmmakers on the Essayistic 17. "Performing Borders: Transnational Video," by Ursula Biemann 18. "Proposal for a Tussle," by Jean-Pierre Gorin 19. "The Essay as Conformism? Some Notes on Global Image Economies," by Hito Steyerl 20. "On Writing the Film Essay," by Lynne Sachs 21. "Tramp Steamer," by Ross McElwee 22. "The ABCs of the Film Essay," by Harun Farocki and Christa Blümlinger 23. "Riddles as Essay Film," by Laura Mulvey 24. "Certain Obliquenesses," by Renée Green 25. "Essay Documentary: The disembodied narrator and an unclaimed image that floats through space and time," by Rea Tajiri 26. "From Ten Thousand Waves to Lina Bo Bardi, via Kapital," by Isaac Julien Bibliography Contributors Permissions Index

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