Jean Epstein: Corporeal Cinema and Film Philosophy (BOK)

Christophe Wall-Romana

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If cinema can be approached as poetry and philosophy, it is because of Jean Epstein. Cocteau, Bunuel (who was his assistant), Hitchcock, Pasolini and Godard, and theoreticians Kracauer, Deleuze and Ranciere are directly influenced by Epstein's pioneering film work, writings, and concepts. This book is the first in English to examine his oeuvre comprehensively. An avant-garde artist and an anti-elitist intellectual, Epstein wanted to craft moments of pure transformative cinema. Using familiar genres - melodramas and documentaries - he hoped to heal viewers of all classes and hasten social utopia. A lover of cinema as cognitive and sensorial technology, and a poet of the screen, he pushed cinematography - as photogenie - towards the experimental sublime, through daring close-ups, rhythmic montage, slow motion, even reverse motion. Polish-born, half-Jewish, and the author of a treatise on homosexuality, Epstein has been unfairly relegated to the shadows of film history. This book restores him to the limelight of interwar world cinema, on a par with Renoir, Lang, Capra and Eisenstein.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Christophe Wall-Romana
ISBN 9780719086236
Antall sider 272 Dimensjoner 12,9cm x 19,8cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 376 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Individual film directors, film-makers