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The Cinematic Sublime by Nathan Carroll

Title The Cinematic Sublime
Author Nathan Carroll
Publisher Intellect Books
Release Date 2020-10-30
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 213
ISBN 9781789382402
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This interdisciplinary volume is dedicated to exploring the idea of the cinematic sublime by bringing together the disciplines of film studies and aesthetics to examine cinema and cinematic experience. Explores the idea of ‘the sublime’ in cinema from a variety of perspectives; the essays range in focus from early cinema, through classical Hollywood, documentary, avant-garde and art cinema traditions, and on to contemporary digital cinema. The book aims to apply the discussion of the sublime in philosophy to cinema and to interrogate the ways in which cinema engages with this tradition. Offers new and exciting insights into how cinema engages with traditional historical and aesthetic discourse. Original and wide-ranging, this clear and coherent volume is a useful resource for both post-graduate students and established scholars interested in the interrelations between film and philosophy. The range of material covered in the individual essays makes this a wide-ranging and very useful introduction to the topic. A significant new contribution to the literature on Film-Philosophy. What sets this reader apart from the existing books on the subject is the wider scope. It embraces both philosophers and film scholars to consider films from throughout film history in light of theories of the sublime from throughout the history of Philosophy. In doing so it aims to demonstrate the diverse value of sublime approaches (versus a singular definition and philosophical perspective) to a wider range of films than has previously been considered. An original and stimulating collection of essays contributing new insights into the crossover between historical and aesthetic approaches to contemporary cinema and cinematic experience. The main readership will be academic markets including film studies and philosophy, and academics with an interest in the legacies of Burke and Kant on aesthetics. Useful for teaching aesthetics through cinematic illustration and application. Appropriate to final year undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in ideas at the boundaries of contemporary film studies.

Title Terror and the Cinematic Sublime
Author Todd A. Comer
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2013-01-28
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 216
ISBN 9780786472079
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The sublime provides a ready tool for analyses of trauma, horror, catastrophe and apocalypse, the military-industrial complex, the end of humanism, and the limits of freedom. Such essays take the pulse of our cultural moment, while providing the reader with the dual nature of the sublime in critical work, and how it continues to evolve conceptually"--Provided by publisher.

The Cinema Of Alexander Sokurov by Jeremi Szaniawski

Title The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov
Author Jeremi Szaniawski
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2014-02-04
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780231850520
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

One of the last representatives of a brand of serious, high-art cinema, Alexander Sokurov has produced a massive oeuvre exploring issues such as history, power, memory, kinship, death, the human soul, and the responsibility of the artist. Through contextualization and close readings of each of his feature fiction films (broaching many of his documentaries in the process), this volume unearths a vision of Sokurov's films as equally mournful and passionate, intellectual, and sensual, and also identifies in them a powerful, if discursively repressed, queer sensitivity, alongside a pattern of tensions and paradoxes. This book thus offers new keys to understand the lasting and ever-renewed appeal of the Russian director's Janus-like and surprisingly dynamic cinema – a deeply original and complex body of work in dialogue with the past, the present and the future.

Title Disaster Cinema Historical Perspectivehb
Author MATHIAS
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020-08-17
Category
Total Pages 374
ISBN 946372012X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'Disaster Cinema in Historical Perspective: Mediations of the Sublime is a genuine and original contribution to the fields of art history and cinema studies as well as to discussions on the concept of the sublime in the field of aesthetics. It is well-organized, well-informed, and lucidly written and draws on an impressive body of empirical and theoretical materials. As importantly, it is critical and nuanced in its claims and assertions, leaving ample room for discussion and counter-argument.' (Ina Blom, University of Chicago, University of Oslo)

The Political Sublime by Michael J. Shapiro

Title The Political Sublime
Author Michael J. Shapiro
Publisher Duke University Press
Release Date 2018-03-09
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780822372059
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In The Political Sublime Michael J. Shapiro formulates an original politics of aesthetics through an analysis of the experience of the sublime. Turning away from Kant's analysis of the sublime experience as a validation of the existence of a universal common sense, Shapiro draws on Deleuze, Lyotard, and Rancière to show how incomprehensible events and dilemmas provide openings for new political formations. He approaches the sublime through a range of artistic and cultural texts that address social crises and natural disasters, from the writing of James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates to the films of Ingmar Bergman and Spike Lee; these works suggest ways to channel the disruptive effects of the sublime into resistance to authority and innovative political initiative. Whether stemming from the threat of nuclear annihilation or the aftermath of an earthquake, the violence of racism and terrorism or the devastation of industrialism, sublime experience, Shapiro contends, allows for a rethinking of events in ways that reveal, redistribute, and create conditions of possibility for alternative communities of sense.

Deleuze S Cinema Books by David Deamer

Title Deleuze s Cinema Books
Author David Deamer
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Release Date 2016-09-08
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9781474407694
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Deleuze's two Cinema books explore film through the creation of a series of philosophical concepts. Not only bewildering in number, Deleuze's writing procedures mean his exegesis is both complex and elusive. Three questions emerge: What are the underlying principles of the taxonomy? How many concepts are there, and what do they describe? How might each be used in engaging with a film? David Deamer's book is the first to fully respond to these three questions, unearthing the philosophies inspiring Deleuze's classifications, exploring every concept and reading a film for each. Clearly and concisely mapping the Cinema books for newcomers to Deleuzian film studies, Deamer also opens up new areas of enquiry for expert readers.

Title Cinema Religion and the Romantic Legacy
Author Paul Coates
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2017-07-05
Category Religion
Total Pages 226
ISBN 9781351951524
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Cinema, Religion and the Romantic Legacy surveys the ways in which notions of religion and spirituality have impinged upon the cinema. Cinema is conceived as a post-Romantic form for which religion and spirituality can be unified only problematically. While inspecting many of the well-established themes and topoi of writing on religion and film (such as films about priests and 'Christ-figures') it also seeks to problematize them, focusing primarily upon the issues of religious representation foregrounded by such European directors as Kieslowski and Godard. Coates draws on theories of theologians, philosophers and cultural and literary critics including: Otto, Kant, Schiller and Girard. Addressing the relationship between religion and spirituality from a film studies specialist's perspective, this book offers all those concerned with film, media or religious studies an invaluable examination of artistic interaction with the theological and aesthetic issues of representation and representability. Paul Coates is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and author of many books including: The Gorgon's Gaze (CUP), Film at the Intersection of High and Mass Culture (CUP), The Story of the Lost Reflection (Verso).

Title The Symbolic the Sublime and Slavoj Zizek s Theory of Film
Author M. Flisfeder
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2016-01-20
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 195
ISBN 9781137110749
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Returning to questions about ideology and subjectivity, Flisfeder argues that Slavoj Žižek's theory of film aims to re-politicize film studies and film theory, bringing cinema into the fold of twenty-first century politics.

Sensational Subjects by John Jervis

Title Sensational Subjects
Author John Jervis
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2015-01-29
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781472535641
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Under what conditions does 'sensation' become 'sensational'? In the early nineteenth century murder was a staple of the sensationalizing popular press and gruesome descriptions were deployed to make a direct impact on the sensations of the reader. By the end of the century, public concern with the thrills, spills, and shocks of modern life was increasingly articulated in the language of sensation. Media sensationalism contributed to this process and magnified its impact, just as sensation was, in turn, taken up by literature, art and film. In the contemporary world the dramatization of these experiences in an era of media panics over terrorism and paedophilia has taken an overtly melodramatic form, in which battles of good and evil play out across the landscapes of our lives. Sensational Subjects develops an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to exploring these themes, their impact and their implications for understanding the modern world. A companion volume, Sympathetic Sentiments: Affect, Emotion and Spectacle in the Modern World is published simultaneously by Bloomsbury.

Bodies In Pain by Tarja Laine

Title Bodies in Pain
Author Tarja Laine
Publisher Berghahn Books
Release Date 2017-04
Category Emotions in motion pictures
Total Pages 194
ISBN 9781785335211
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The films of Darren Aronofsky invite emotional engagement by means of affective resonance between the film and the spectator's lived body. Aronofsky's films, which include a rich range of production from Requiem for a Dream to Black Swan, are often considered "cerebral" because they explore topics like mathematics, madness, hallucinations, obsessions, social anxiety, addiction, psychosis, schizophrenia, and neuroscience. Yet this interest in intelligence and mental processes is deeply embedded in the operations of the body, shared with the spectator by means of a distinctively corporeal audiovisual style. Bodies in Pain looks at how Aronofsky's films engage the spectator in an affective form of viewing that involves all the senses, ultimately engendering a process of (self) reflection through their emotional dynamics.

Critical Cinema by Clive Myer

Title Critical Cinema
Author Clive Myer
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2012-04-10
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780231504560
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Critical Cinema: Beyond the Theory of Practice purges the obstructive line between the making of and the theorising on film, uniting theory and practice in order to move beyond the commercial confines of Hollywood. Opening with an introduction by Bill Nichols, one of the world's leading writers on nonfiction film, this volume features contributions by such prominent authors as Noel Burch, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, Brian Winston and Patrick Fuery. Seminal filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway and Mike Figgis also contribute to the debate, making this book a critical text for students, academics, and independent filmmakers as well as for any reader interested in new perspectives on culture and film.

Title Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime
Author Temenuga Trifonova
Publisher Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies
Release Date 2018
Category Arts, Modern
Total Pages 236
ISBN 1138237728
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of Figures -- Editor's Introduction -- 1 The Event That Cannot (Not) Happen -- 2 Sublimity and the Dialectic of Horror and Spirituality -- 3 The Popular Sublime and the Notional Sublime -- 4 Of Fake and Real Sublimes -- 5 "Black and Glittering": The Inscrutable Sublime -- 6 Uncertainty Prone to Vulgarity -- 7 Recentering the Sublime: Cognitive and Neuropsychological Approaches -- 8 Flow, Freedom, and the Gamified Sublime -- 9 The Ambiguity Effects of the Techno-Sublime -- 10 From Diagrams to Deities: Evoking the Cosmological Sublime -- 11 Feeling Not at Home in the Twenty-First-Century World: The Sublimein Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics -- 12 The Sublime as a Mode of Address in Contemporary EnvironmentalPhotography -- 13 Magnificent Disasters: Sublime Landscapes in Post-Millennial Cinema -- 14 Psychedelia and the History of the Chemical Sublime -- 15 The Birds and the Bees -- List of Contributors -- Index

Peripheral Visions by Leblans, Anne

Title Peripheral Visions
Author Leblans, Anne
Publisher Wayne State University Press
Release Date 2001
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 198
ISBN 0814329284
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

An insightful overview of an important era in cinema.

Title Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts
Author Jeremy Begbie
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date 2018-02-14
Category Religion
Total Pages 212
ISBN 9781467449397
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

How can the arts witness to the transcendence of the Christian God? Many people believe that there is something transcendent about the arts, that they can awaken a profound sense of awe, wonder, and mystery, of something “beyond” this world—even for those who may have no use for conventional forms of Christianity. In this book Jeremy Begbie—a leading voice on theology and the arts—employs a biblical, Trinitarian imagination to show how Christian involvement in the arts can be shaped by the distinctive vision of God’s transcendence opened up in and through Jesus Christ.

The Supernatural Sublime by Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández

Title The Supernatural Sublime
Author Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández
Publisher U of Nebraska Press
Release Date 2019-07
Category History
Total Pages 318
ISBN 9781496214249
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Supernatural Sublime explores the long-neglected element of the supernatural in films from Spain and Mexico by focusing on the social and cultural contexts of their production and reception, their adaptations of codes and conventions for characters and plot, and their use of cinematic techniques to create the experience of emotion without explanation. Deploying the overarching concepts of the supernatural and the sublime, Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández and Claudia Schaefer detail the dovetailing of the unnatural and the experience of limitlessness associated with the sublime. The Supernatural Sublime embeds the films in the social histories of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Mexico and Spain, both of which made a forced leap into modernity after historical periods founded on official ideologies and circumscribed visions of the nation. Evoking Kant’s definition of the experience of the sublime, Rodríguez-Hernández and Schaefer concentrate on the unrepresentable and the contradictory that oppose purported universal truths and instead offer up illusion, deception, and imagination through cinema, itself a type of illusion: writing with light.

Dietrich S Ghosts by Erica Carter

Title Dietrich s Ghosts
Author Erica Carter
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2019-07-25
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781838715281
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This text looks at the star system under the Third Reich. Following the experiments of Weimar, much of cinema after 1933 became part of a wider Nazi backlash against modernism in all its forms. This study contributes to contemporary debates concerning the historical study of film spectatorship.

Title The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema 1897 1927
Author David Shepherd
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2016-03-31
Category Religion
Total Pages 292
ISBN 9781317806721
Language English, Spanish, and French
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While Jesus has attracted the sporadic interest of film-makers since the epics of the Sixties, it is often forgotten that between the advent of motion pictures in the 1890s and the close of the "silent" era at the end of the 1920s, some of the longest, most expensive and most watched films on both sides of the Atlantic were focused on the Life and Passion of the Christ. Drawing upon rarely seen archival footage and the work of both the era’s most important directors (e.g. Alice Guy, Ferdinand Zecca, Sidney Olcott, D.W. Griffith, Carl Dreyer, and C.B. DeMille) and others who have been all but forgotten, this collection of essays offers a representative survey of the Silents of Jesus, illustrating the ways in which the earliest films and those which followed were influenced by a multiplicity of factors. Written by leading scholars in biblical and early film studies this collection explores the ways in which the Silents of Jesus were shaped not only by the performing and visual arts of the nineteenth century and the technological challenges and opportunities of a new medium and industry, but also by the artistic, theological and ideological predilections of studios and directors, and the expectations of audiences as the genre evolved. Taken together, the essays collected here offer a seminal treatment of the genesis and early evolution of the cinematic Jesus.

Where Histories Reside by Priya Jaikumar

Title Where Histories Reside
Author Priya Jaikumar
Publisher Duke University Press
Release Date 2019-10-09
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 414
ISBN 9781478005599
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Where Histories Reside Priya Jaikumar examines eight decades of films shot on location in India to show how attending to filmed space reveals alternative timelines and histories of cinema. In this bold “spatial” film historiography, Jaikumar outlines factors that shape India's filmed space, from state bureaucracies and commercial infrastructures to aesthetic styles and neoliberal policies. Whether discussing how educational shorts from Britain and India transform natural landscapes into instructional lessons or how Jean Renoir’s The River (1951) presents a universal human condition through the particularities of place, Jaikumar demonstrates that the history of filming a location has always been a history of competing assumptions, experiences, practices, and representational regimes. In so doing, she reveals that addressing the persistent question of “what is cinema?” must account for an aesthetics and politics of space.

Stanley Kubrick by Elisa Pezzotta

Title Stanley Kubrick
Author Elisa Pezzotta
Publisher Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release Date 2013-07-25
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9781617038945
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Although Stanley Kubrick adapted novels and short stories, his films deviate in notable ways from the source material. In particular, since 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), his films seem to definitively exploit all cinematic techniques, embodying a compelling visual and aural experience. But, as author Elisa Pezzotta contends, it is for these reasons that his cinema becomes the supreme embodiment of the sublime, fruitful encounter between the two arts and, simultaneously, of their independence. Stanley Kubrick’s last six adaptations—2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999)—are characterized by certain structural and stylistic patterns. These features help to draw conclusions about the role of Kubrick in the history of cinema, about his role as an adapter, and, more generally, about the art of cinematic adaptations. The structural and stylistic patterns that characterize Kubrick adaptations seem to criticize scientific reasoning, causality, and traditional semantics. In the history of cinema, Kubrick can be considered a modernist auteur. In particular, he can be regarded as an heir of the modernist avant-garde of the 1920s. However, author Elisa Pezzotta concludes that, unlike his predecessors, Kubrick creates a cinema not only centered on the ontology of the medium, but on the staging of sublime, new experiences.

Title Mel Gibson s Passion and Philosophy
Author Jorge
Publisher Open Court
Release Date 2013-11-12
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 225
ISBN 9780812698121
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson's spectacular film about the death of Jesus, has quickly become one of the most widely-viewed movies of all time—and one of the most fiercely vilified. It is more loved and simultaneously more loathed than any previous work of cinematographic art. Some maintain that this film has brought them to a new faith in Christ or a deeper understanding of the faith they already had. Others criticize the work for its supposedly gratuitous gore, alleged historical inaccuracy, or its debatable theological assumptions. In Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy, twenty philosophers with widely varying religious and philosophical backgrounds examine all the most important issues raised by the movie, without ridicule or rancor. How can we decide what God intended to tell us? Why do Christians and Jews apparently report seeing two very different Mel Gibson movies? Was Christ a pacifist? Does the film truly follow the gospels? How can we blame Judas for doing what God wanted him to do? Did George Hegel answer Mel Gibson 200 years ahead of time?