Symbolic Narratives/African Cinema: Audiences, Theory and the Moving Image

Author: June Givanni

Publisher: British Film Inst

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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This volume provides a unique and unprecedented forum for debate between the different African cinematic communities (including North African filmmakers). Views are exchanged on topics ranging from the problems of production, exhibition, and distribution to questions of "modernity," postcolonial theory, and the (arguably increasing) presence of western cultural imperialism. The papers and the responses to the papers edited by critic and programmer June Givanni are presented in full and Imruh Bakari's introduction places the material in the context of previous and subsequent debate. Contributors: Manthia Diawara, Teshome Gabriel, Clyde Taylor, John Badenhorst, Ferid Boughedir, Gaston Kabore, Tafatoana Mahoso. Contributing film-makers: Ousmane Sembene, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Haile Gerima, Nouri Bouzid, John Akomfrah, Kobena Mercer, Ella Shohat, Ngugi Wa Thiongo, Tahar Cheriaa, and Sylvia Wynter
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Critical Approaches to African Cinema Discourse

Author: Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739180940

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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This book emphasizes the plurality of African cinema through a variety of themes and critical approaches that illuminate the scope of the mobilizing techniques for its proliferation, as well as its deep concern for methods of production, film aesthetics, theory, and criticism. Critical Approaches to African Cinema Discourse will offer scholars and students in film, media, and cultural studies, as well as in history, and Black and African studies, a broader understanding of African cinema as a cultural art. The contributors show that it is informed not only by ideological determinants but also by the concern to boost perspectives for reading African film images that may or may not belong to the conventional interpretations proffered in Euro-American critical paradigms.
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Storytelling in World Cinemas

Author: Lina H. Khatib

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231162049

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 208

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Storytelling in World Cinemas, Vol. 1: Forms is an innovative collection of essays that discuss how different cinemas of the world tell stories. The book locates European, Asian, African, and Latin American films within their wider cultural and artistic frameworks, showing how storytelling forms in cinema are infused with influences from other artistic, literary, and oral traditions. This volume also reconsiders cinematic storytelling in general, highlighting the hybridity of 'national' forms of storytelling, calling for a rethinking of African cinematic storytelling that goes beyond oral traditions, and addressing films characterised by 'non-narration'. This study is the first in a two-volume project, with the second focusing on the contexts of cinematic storytelling.
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Storytelling in World Cinemas

Forms

Author: Lina Khatib

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231850077

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Storytelling in World Cinemas, Vol. 1: Forms is an innovative collection of essays that discuss how different cinemas of the world tell stories. The book locates European, Asian, African, and Latin American films within their wider cultural and artistic frameworks, showing how storytelling forms in cinema are infused with influences from other artistic, literary, and oral traditions. This volume also reconsiders cinematic storytelling in general, highlighting the hybridity of 'national' forms of storytelling, calling for a rethinking of African cinematic storytelling that goes beyond oral traditions, and addressing films characterised by 'non-narration'. This study is the first in a two-volume project, with the second focusing on the contexts of cinematic storytelling.
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African Film and Literature

Adapting Violence to the Screen

Author: Lindiwe Dovey

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519389

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Analyzing a range of South African and West African films inspired by African and non-African literature, Lindiwe Dovey identifies a specific trend in contemporary African filmmaking-one in which filmmakers are using the embodied audiovisual medium of film to offer a critique of physical and psychological violence. Against a detailed history of the medium's savage introduction and exploitation by colonial powers in two very different African contexts, Dovey examines the complex ways in which African filmmakers are preserving, mediating, and critiquing their own cultures while seeking a united vision of the future. More than merely representing socio-cultural realities in Africa, these films engage with issues of colonialism and postcolonialism, "updating" both the history and the literature they adapt to address contemporary audiences in Africa and elsewhere. Through this deliberate and radical re-historicization of texts and realities, Dovey argues that African filmmakers have developed a method of filmmaking that is altogether distinct from European and American forms of adaptation.
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Cinematic Homecomings

Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema

Author: Rebecca Prime

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441106936

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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The history of cinema charts multiple histories of exile. From the German émigrés in 1930s Hollywood to today's Iranian filmmakers in Europe and the United States, these histories continue to exert a profound influence on the evolution of cinematic narratives and aesthetics. But while the effect of exile and diaspora on film practice has been fruitfully explored from both historical and contemporary perspectives, the issues raised by return, whether literal or metaphorical, have yet to be fully considered. Cinematic Homecomings expands upon existing studies of transnational cinema by addressing the questions raised by reverse migration and the return home in a variety of historical and national contexts, from postcolonialism to post-Communism. By looking beyond exile, the contributors offer a multidirectional perspective on the relationship between migration, mobility, and transnational cinema. 'Narratives of return' are among the most popular themes of the contemporary cinema of countries ranging from Morocco to Cuba to the Soviet Union. This speaks to both the sociocultural reality of reverse migration and to its significance on the imagination of the nation.
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Cinema

A Visual Anthropology

Author: Gordon Gray

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847887600

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Cinema: A Visual Anthropology provides a clear and concise summary of the key ideas, debates, and texts of the most important approaches to the study of fiction film from around the world. The book examines ways to address film and film experience beyond the study of the audience. Cross-disciplinary in scope, Cinema uses ideas and approaches both from within and outside of anthropology to further students' knowledge of and interest in fiction film. Including selected, globally based case studies to highlight and exemplify important issues, the book also contains suggested Further Reading for each chapter, for students to expand their learning independently. Exploring fundamental methods and approaches to engage this most interesting and vibrant of media, Cinema will be essential reading for students of anthropology and film.
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South Africa's Renegade Reels

The Making and Public Lives of Black-Centered Films

Author: L. Modisane

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137027037

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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Despite incredible political upheavals and a minimal national history of film production, movies such as Come Back, Africa (1959), uDeliwe (1975), and Fools (1998) have taken on an iconic status within South African culture. In this much-needed study, author Litheko Modisane delves into the public critical engagements around old 'renegade' films and newer ones, revealing instructive details both in the production and the public lives of South African movies oriented around black social experiences. This illuminates the complex nature of cinema in modern public life, enriching established methodologies by expanding the cultural and conceptual boundaries of film as a phenomenon of textual circulation.
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Cinema and Counter-History

Author: Marcia Landy

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253016193

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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Despite claims about the end of history and the death of cinema, visual media continue to contribute to our understanding of history and history-making. In this book, Marcia Landy argues that rethinking history and memory must take into account shifting conceptions of visual and aural technologies. With the assistance of thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Cinema and Counter-History examines writings and films that challenge prevailing notions of history in order to explore the philosophic, aesthetic, and political stakes of activating the past. Marshaling evidence across European, African, and Asian cinema, Landy engages in a counter-historical project that calls into question the certainty of visual representations and unmoors notions of a history firmly anchored in truth.
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The Cinema of Ousmane Sembene, a Pioneer of African Film

Author: Françoise Pfaff

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 207

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The films of Ousmane Sembene are powerful representations of the newly emerging black African cinema. In this interpretive study of his most significant films, Francoise Pfaff examines Sembene's pioneering efforts over the last two decades. While focusing primarily on the realistic and symbolic levels of his works, the stylistic and technical aspects are also examined. Pfaff discusses the aesthetic, sociopolitical, and metaphysical values of Sembene's oeuvre within its African context. His depiction of the tension between traditional and modern African life is explored. Pfaff includes film stills and excerpts from interviews with Sembene and other African filmmakers. She concludes with comments about Sembene's contributions to our intercultural heritage.
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Interpreting the Moving Image

Author: Noel Carroll

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521589703

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 370

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A collection of film essays by the well-respected critic, Noël Carroll.
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How to Read a Film

The World of Movies, Media, and Multimedia : Language, History, Theory

Author: James Monaco

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195038699

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 672

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Sets movies in the contexts of their aesthetic and technological antecedents and reviews all important factors of and issues pertaining to contemporary film and television production and theory.
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Moving Image Theory

Ecological Considerations

Author: Joseph Anderson,Barbara Fisher Anderson

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809325993

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 253

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Blending unconventional film theory with nontraditional psychology to provide a radically different set of critical methods and propositions about cinema, this book looks at film through its communication properties rather than its social or political implications. It contains fifteen essays and forty-one illustrations.
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Film Theory

Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies

Author: Philip Simpson,Andrew Utterson,Karen J. Shepherdson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415259729

Category: Cinematography

Page: 297

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Das Bild der Stadt

Author: Kevin Lynch

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 3035602166

Category: Architecture

Page: 215

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Wie orientieren wir uns in einer Stadt? Woher rühren unsere ganz fest umrissenen visuellen Vorstellungen? Um diese Fragen beantworten zu können, studierte Kevin Lynch die Erfahrungen von Menschen und zeigt damit, wie man das Bild der Stadt wieder lebendiger und einprägsamer machen könnte.
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The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Publisher: cbt Verlag

ISBN: 3641200148

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 512

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»Umwerfend und brillant, ein Klassiker!« Bestsellerautor John Green Die 16-jährige Starr lebt in zwei Welten: in dem verarmten Viertel, in dem sie wohnt, und in der Privatschule, an der sie fast die einzige Schwarze ist. Als Starrs bester Freund Khalil vor ihren Augen von einem Polizisten erschossen wird, rückt sie ins Zentrum der öffentlichen Aufmerksamkeit. Khalil war unbewaffnet. Bald wird landesweit über seinen Tod berichtet; viele stempeln Khalil als Gangmitglied ab, andere gehen in seinem Namen auf die Straße. Die Polizei und ein Drogenboss setzen Starr und ihre Familie unter Druck. Was geschah an jenem Abend wirklich? Die Einzige, die das beantworten kann, ist Starr. Doch ihre Antwort würde ihr Leben in Gefahr bringen...
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Fetishism and Curiosity

Cinema and the Mind's Eye

Author: Laura Mulvey

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137451149

Category: Art

Page: 288

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Writer and film-maker Laura Mulvey is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and incisive contemporary cultural theorists, credited for incorporating film theory, psychoanalysis and feminism. Part of the pathbeating 1970s generation of British film theorists and independent film-makers, she came to prominence with her classic essay on the pleasures – and displeasures – of narrative cinema, 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema'. She went on to make her own avant-garde films, co-directed with Peter Wollen, and to write further, greatly influential works – including this one. Fetishism and Curiosity contains writings which range from analyses of Xala, Citizen Kane and Blue Velvet, to an extended engagement with the creations of Native American artist Jimmie Durham and the feminist photographer Cindy Sherman. Essays explore the concept of fetishism as developed by Marx and Freud, and how it relates to the ways in which artistic texts work. Mulvey returns to some of the knottier issues in contemporary cultural theory, especially the links between looking, fantasy and theorisation on the one hand, and the processes of historical change on the other. What are the modes of address that characterise 'societies of the spectacle'? How might 'curiosity' be directed towards deciphering the politics of popular culture? These are just some of the questions raised in this brilliant and subtle collection. Published as part of the BFI Silver series, this new edition of Mulvey's classic work of feminist theory features a new, specially commissioned introduction and stills from the films discussed.
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Alien Zone II

The Spaces of Science-fiction Cinema

Author: Annette Kuhn

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859842591

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 308

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Science fiction cinema is too often left at the margins of serious critical film study. While a handful of films are the subject of general theoretical works, the genre as a whole, and especially its cinematic aspects, are neglected in favor of straightforward considerations of character and narrative. Alien Zone 2 redresses this imbalance by looking at the ways in which contemporary science fiction cinema transforms the themes and conventions of the genre itself. In many ways a companion volume to Alien Zone, it pursues theoretical issues opened up in the earlier book but also explores fresh territory with an eye that is both reflective and interventionist. Visionary cities, psycho-cybernetics, internet fandom, the convergence of science fiction literature and science fiction film, and bodybuilder stardom are all brought under its gaze. Contributors: Will Brooker, Scott Bukatman, Catherine Constable, David Desser, Barry Keith Grant, Brooks Landon, Linda Mizejewski, Vivian Sobchack, Claudia Springer, Janet Staiger, Garrett Stewart.
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Fight Club

Roman

Author: Chuck Palahniuk

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3894808357

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Sie sind jung, sie sind stark – und sie sind gelangweilt: Normale, berufstätige Männer und Familienväter auf der Suche nach einem Mittel gegen die Leere in ihrem Leben. Sie treffen sich auf Parkplätzen und in Kellern von Bars, um mit nackten Fäusten gegeneinander zu kämpfen. Der Anführer dieser „Fight Clubs“ ist Tyler Durden, und er ist besessen von dem Plan, furchtbare Rache an einer Welt zu nehmen, in der es keine menschliche Wärme mehr gibt ...
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A New History of Japanese Cinema

A Century of Narrative Film

Author: Isolde Standish

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826417091

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 414

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Cinema, which first arrived in Japan in 1896 with the Kinetoscope prototype, came at the very time that Japan was transforming its economic base and society into that of a major international power. The first cinema, the Asakusa Denkikan, was opened in Tokyo in 1903 and within thirteen years three hundred cinemas had sprung up throughout the country. In A New History of Japanese Cinema: A Century of Narrative Film, Isolde Standish focuses on the historical development of Japanese film. She details an industry and an art form shaped by the competing and merging forces of traditional culture and of economic and technological innovation. Adopting a thematic, exploratory approach, Standish links the concept of Japanese cinema as a system of communication with some of the central discourses of the twentieth century: modernism, nationalism, humanism, resistance, and gender. After an introduction outlining the earliest years of cinema in Japan, Standish demonstrates cinema's symbolic position in Japanese society in the 1930s—as both a metaphor and a motor of modernity. Moving into the late thirties and early forties, Standish analyses cinema's relationship with the state-focusing in particular on the war and occupation periods. The book's coverage of the post-occupation period looks at "romance" films in particular. Avant-garde directors came to the fore during the 1960s and early seventies, and their work is discussed in depth. The book concludes with an investigation of genre and gender in mainstream films of recent years. In grappling with Japanese film history and criticism, most western commentators have concentrated on offering interpretations of what have come to be considered "classic" films. A New History of Japanese Cinema takes a genuinely innovative approach to the subject, and should prove an essential resource for many years to come. Includes an 8-page color plate section and an 8-page black and white plate section.
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