How the Essay Film Thinks

Bazin's description of Marker's style in his review deeply shapes how we continue to think of the essay film today—especially the emphasis on a cinema of the word, one that cannot do without an “intelligent” text, to use Bazin's ...

Author: Laura Rascaroli

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190656393

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This book offers a novel understanding of the epistemological strategies that are mobilized by the essay film, and of where and how such strategies operate. Against the backdrop of Adorno's discussion of the essay form's anachronistic, anti-systematic and disjunctive mode of resistance, and capitalizing on the centrality of the interstice in Deleuze's understanding of the cinema as image of thought, the book discusses the essay film as future philosophy-as a contrarian, political cinema whose argumentation engages with us in a space beyond the verbal. A diverse range of case studies discloses how the essay film can be a medium of thought on the basis of its dialectic use of audiovisual interstitiality. The book shows how the essay film's disjunctive method comes to be realized at the level of medium, montage, genre, temporality, sound, narration, and framing-all of these emerging as interstitial spaces of intelligence that illustrate how essayistic meaning can be sustained, often in contexts of political, historical or cultural extremity. The essayistic urge is not to be identified with a fixed generic form, but is rather situated within processes of filmic thinking that thrive in gaps.

Beyond the Essay Film

... The Pearl Button offers a 'lyrical' formulation of the essay film, one that, as Rascaroli writes, ... presents one manifestation of the essay film as a 'form that thinks'–the idea also developed in her chapter in this volume.

Author: Julia Vassilieva

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789048543922

Category: Art


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In the wake of the explosion in the production of essay films over the last twenty-five years and its subsequent theorization in scholarly literature, this volume seeks to historicize these intertwined developments within the 'long duree' of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Beyond the Essay Film seeks to not only acknowledge the influential predecessors of this - in the view of many critics - most interesting type of contemporary filmmaking - but also to speculate about its possible transformation as we move forward into the uncharted waters of the twenty-first - digital -century. Focusing on three specific axes that underpin and shape the articulation of the essay film as a specific cultural form - subjectivity, textuality and technology - this book explores how changes along and across these dimensions affect historical shifts within essay film practice and its relation to other types of cinema and neighbouring art forms.

World Cinema and the Essay Film

In what distinctive ways do you feel the essay film supports an investigation into the status of the image today, compared with these or other formats you ... I think there is a common interest in my practice throughout different media.

Author: Brenda Hollweg

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474429269

Category: Experimental films

Page: 264

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World Cinema and the Essay Film examines the ways in which essay film practices are deployed by non-Western filmmakers in specific local and national contexts, in an interconnected world. The book identifies the essay film as a political and ethical tool to reflect upon and potentially resist the multiple, often contradictory effects of globalization. With case studies of essayistic works by John Akomfrah, Nguyen Trinh Thi and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, amongst many others, and with a photo-essay by Trinh T. Min-ha and a discussion of Frances Calvert's work, it expands current research on the essay film beyond canonical filmmakers and frameworks, and presents transnational perspectives on what is becoming a global film practice.

How the Essay Film Works

Eschewing essentialist notions of genre and form, and bringing issues of practice and praxis to the fore, this work offers a novel understanding of the epistemological strategies that are mobilized by the essay film, and of where such ...

Author: Rascaroli


ISBN: 0190238275



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Following Norberg Schulz

An Architectural History through the Essay Film Anna Ulrikke Andersen ... After Marker (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011); Laura Rascaroli, How the Essay Film Thinks (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017); Laura Rascaroli, ...

Author: Anna Ulrikke Andersen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350248373

Category: Architecture

Page: 225

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This book examines the 'window' in the life and work of the seminal architectural thinker Christian Norberg-Schulz (1926 – 2000). It draws new attention to his architectural designs and re-examines his acclaimed theoretical work on the phenomenology of architecture and place within the context of a biography of his life, linking him with other historical figures such as Helen Keller and Rainer Maria Rilke, and framing him within the modernist tradition of the latter. Taking a novel, experimental approach, the book also explores the potential of the essay-film as an innovative new approach to producing architectural history. Bridging archival research and artistic exploration, its ten chapters, written by an architectural historian who is also a film-maker, are each accompanied by a short documentary film, hosted online and linked from within the chapter, which use the medium of film to creatively explore and delve deeper into little-known aspects of Norberg-Schulz's theory of genius loci and the phenomenology of architecture. The book questions what it means to 'follow' those who came before, exploring the positionality of the architectural historian/filmmaker. Offering an insightful account of the life, work, and theory of a key thinker, Following Norberg-Schulz is also essential reading for those interested in practice-led research methodologies, particularly in the practice of film-making and the essay film, providing a highly innovative example of scholarly research which bridges the text-film gap.

Georges Didi Huberman and Film

5 Adorno, Theodor (2000), 'The Essay as Form' (1958), tr. Bob HullotKentor and Frederic Will, in Brian O'Connor (ed.), The Adorno Reader, pp. 91–111, Oxford: Blackwell. 6 Laura Rascaroli's recent book How the Essay Film Thinks (Oxford: ...

Author: Alison Smith

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350160415

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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Georges Didi-Huberman is a philosopher of images whose work is overdue for attention from English-language readers. Since the publication of his first book in 1982, he has published 46 essays, mostly with the prestigious Editions de Minuit, on topics ranging from monographs on individual artists to critical excursions into political philosophy. He is recognised in France and elsewhere in Europe as one of the foremost philosophers of the image writing today. In Georges Didi-Huberman and Film, Alison Smith concentrates on how Didi-Huberman's work has been informed by cinema, especially in his major (and ongoing) recent work L'Oeil de l'Histoire (The Eye of History). The book traces the development of Didi-Huberman's visual thought towards a cinematic sensibility already inherent in his early work on images in relationship to each other. After exploring his increasingly political understanding of the vital role of cinematic montage, it traces his growing understanding of cinema as a medium for expressing a dynamic representation of peoples' memory and experience, and documents his engagement with contemporary filmmakers such as Laura Waddington and Vincent Dieutre.

Documentary s Expanded Fields

For the monograph- length studies on the essay film, see Timothy Corrigan, The Essay Film: From Montaigne to Marker (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011); Laura Rascaroli, How the Essay Film Thinks (New York: Oxford University Press ...

Author: Jihoon Kim

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197603819

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 321

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Documentary's Expanded Fields: New Media and the Twenty-First-Century Documentary offers a theoretical mapping of contemporary non-standard documentary practices enabled by the proliferation of new digital imaging, lightweight and non-operator digital cameras, multiscreen and interactive interfaces, and web 2.0 platforms. These emergent practices encompass digital data visualizations, digital films that experiment with the deliberate manipulation of photographic records, documentaries based on drone cameras, GoPros, and virtual reality (VR) interfaces, documentary installations in the gallery, interactive documentary (i-doc), citizens' vernacular online videos that document scenes of the protests such as the Arab Spring, the Hong Kong Protests, and the Black Lives Matter Movements, and new activist films, videos, and archiving projects that respond to those political upheavals. Building on the interdisciplinary framework of documentary studies, digital media studies, and contemporary art criticism, Jihoon Kim investigates the ways in which these practices both challenge and update the aesthetic, epistemological, political, and ethical assumptions of traditional film-based documentary. Providing a diverse range of case studies that classify and examine these practices, the book argues that the new media technologies and the experiential platforms outside the movie theater, such as the gallery, the world wide web, and social media services, expand five horizons of documentary cinema: image, vision, dispositif, archive, and activism. This reconfiguration of these five horizons demonstrates that documentary cinema in the age of new media and platforms, which Kim labels as the 'twenty-first-century documentary, ' dynamically changes its boundaries while also exploring new experiences of reality and history in times of the contemporary crises across the globe, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cambridge Companion to The Essay

The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. ... World Cinema and the Essay Film: Transnational Perspectives on a Global Practice. United Kingdom: Edinburgh University ... How the Essay Film Thinks.

Author: Kara Wittman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316519776

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 331

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The book studies the history and theory of the essay and its social, political, and aesthetic contexts.

Women s Cinema in Contemporary Portugal

Nora M. Alter, 'Translating the Essay into Film and Installation', Journal of Visual Culture 6, no. 1 (2007), 44. ... 37 Laura Rascaroli, How the Essay Film Thinks (New York: The Essay Film and Rita Azevedo Gomes's Correspondences 185.

Author: Mariana Liz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501349744

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Women's Cinema in Contemporary Portugal brings together scholars from Portugal, UK and the USA, to discuss 14 women film directors in Portugal, focussing on their production in both feature film and documentary genres over the last half-century. It charts the specific cinematic visions that these women have brought to the re-emergence of Portuguese national cinema in the wake of the 1974 Revolution and African decolonisation, and to the growing internationalisation of Portugal's arguably 'minor' or 'small nation' cinema, with significant young women directors such as Leonor Teles achieving prominence abroad. The history of Portuguese women's cinema only begins systematically after the 1974 revolution and democratisation. This collection shows how female auteurs made their mark on Portugal's post-revolutionary conceptualisation of a differently 'national' cinema, through the ethnographic output of the late 1970s. It goes on to explore women's decisively gendered interventions in the cinematic memory practices that opened up around the masculine domain of the Colonial Wars in Africa. Feminist political issues such as Portugal's 30-year abortion campaign and LGBT status have become more visible since the 1990s, alongside preoccupations with global concerns relating to immigration, transit and minority status communities. The book also demonstrates how women have contributed to the evolution of soundscapes, the genre of essay cinema, film's relationship to the archive, and the adaptation of the written word. The result is a powerful, provocative and definitive challenge to the marginalisation of Portuguese female-directed film in terms of 'double minority'.

The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction

Essays, Interviews, Scripts. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. Rancière, Jacques. The Politics of Aesthetics. London: Continuum, 2004. Rascaroli, Laura. The Essay Film Thinks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. ——.

Author: Nora M. Alter

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231545983

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 412

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Nora M. Alter reveals the essay film to be a hybrid genre that fuses the categories of feature, art, and documentary film. Like its literary predecessor, the essay film draws on a variety of forms and approaches; in the process, it fundamentally alters the shape of cinema. The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction locates the genre’s origins in early silent cinema and follows its transformation with the advent of sound, its legitimation in the postwar period, and its multifaceted development at the turn of the millennium. In addition to exploring the broader history of the essay film, Alter addresses the innovative ways contemporary artists such as Martha Rosler, Isaac Julien, Harun Farocki, John Akomfrah, and Hito Steyerl have taken up the essay film in their work.