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The West in Early Cinema

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789053568316 Year: Pages: 464 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568316 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Performing Arts --- Media and communication
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Verhoeff investigates the emergence of the western genre, made in the first two decades of cinema (1895-1915). By analyzing many unknown and forgotten films from international archives she traces the relationships between films about the American West, their surrounding films, and other popular media such as photography, painting, (pulp) literature, Wild West Shows and popular ethnography. Through this exploration of archival material she raises new questions of historiography and provides a model for historical analysis. These first traces of the Western film reveal a preoccupation with presence and actuality that informs us about the way in which film, as new medium, took shape within the context of its contemporary visual culture.

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Arthur Schnitzler und der Film. Bedeutung, Wahrnehmung, Beziehung, Umsetzung, Erfahrung

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ISBN: 3866440588 Year: Pages: 210 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_422392 Language: German
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Subject: Media and communication
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Film Remakes as Ritual and Disguise

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789053567845 Year: Pages: 160 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567845 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Social Sciences --- History --- Media and communication
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The first book-length account of the symbolic chains that link remakes and explain their disguises, Film Remakes as Rituals and Disguise is also the first book to explore how and why these stories are told. Anat Zanger focuses on contemporary retellings of three particular tales-Joan of Arc, Carmen, and Psycho-to reveal what she calls the remake's "rituals of disguise." Joan of Arc, Zanger demonstrates, later appears as the tough, androgynous Ripley in the blockbuster Alien III film and the God-ridden Bess in Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves. Ultimately, these remake chains offer evidence of the archetypes of our own age, cultural "fingerprints" that are reflective of society's own preferences and politics. Underneath the redundancy of the remake, Zanger shows, lies our collective social memory. Indeed, at its core the lowly remake represents a primal attempt to gain immortality, to triumph over death-playing at movie theatres seven days a week, 365 days a year. Addressing the wider theoretical implications of her argument with sections on contemporary film issues such as trauma, jouissance, and censorship, Zanger offers an insightful addition to current debates in film theory and cinema history.

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