Cinema and history are in lively dialogue here, which creates much more exciting reading...highly recommended.
Camera Historica: The Century in Cinemaby Antoine de de Baecque
Antoine de Baecque proposes a new historiography of cinema, investigating how cinematic representation changes the very nature of history and our understanding of it. Whether portraying events that occurred in the past or stories that were unfolding before their eyes, certain twentieth-century filmmakers have used a particular mise-en-scène to give form to
Antoine de Baecque proposes a new historiography of cinema, investigating how cinematic representation changes the very nature of history and our understanding of it. Whether portraying events that occurred in the past or stories that were unfolding before their eyes, certain twentieth-century filmmakers have used a particular mise-en-scène to give form to history. This phenomenon, which de Baecque terms the "cinematographic form of history," disrupts the very material of film, much like historical events themselves disturb the progress of human narrative.
De Baecque defines, locates, and interprets cinematographic forms in seven distinct bodies of cinema: 1950s modern cinema and its conjuring of the morbid trauma of war; French New Wave and its style, which became the negative imprint of the malaise felt by young contemporaries of the Algerian War; post-Communist Russian films, or the "de-modern" works of catastroika; contemporary Hollywood films that attach themselves to the master fiction of 9/11; the characteristic mise en forme of filmmaker Sacha Guitry, who, in Si Versailles m'était conté (1954), filmed French history from inside its chateau; the work of Jean-Luc Godard, who evoked history through his own museum memory of the twentieth century; and the achievements of Peter Watkins, the British filmmaker who reported on history like a war correspondent. De Baecque's introduction clearly lays out his theoretical framework, a profoundly brilliant conceptualization of the many ways cinema and history relate.
Thanks to this book I now understand precisely why and how I am gothic.
Antoine de Baecque is one of our most meticulous and enterprising film historians, and in Camera Historica he finds a new way of looking at the two sides of his interest, film and history, making each a clarifying reflection of the other. As a particular bonus, he's especially good on important filmmakers who emerged during the 60s, such as the Nouvelle Vague and Peter Watkins.
Camera Historica marks a new stage in thinking about the relationship between cinema (as art) and history (as both real and narrative). Going beyond the classic 'histories of cinema,' this book reveals what cinema makes of history, its way of making history visible, and of allowing us to judge it.
- Columbia University Press
- Publication date:
- European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism Series
- Edition description:
- Product dimensions:
- 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Meet the Author
Antoine de Baecque is a literary historian and film critic. His books in English include Truffaut: A Biography, The Body Politics: Corporeal Metaphor in Revolutionary France, 1770-1800, Glory and Terror, and A History of Democracy in Europe. He has served as editor in chief of culture at the newspaper Liberation and as publisher of the publishing house, Les Editions Complexes.
Ninon Vinsonneau teaches American civilization and culture at École Centrale Paris.
Jonathan Magidoff is professor of English at Sciences Po, Paris.
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