Cartographic Cinema / Edition 1

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Cartography and cinema are what might be called locational machinery. Maps and movies tell their viewers where they are situated, what they are doing, and, to a strong degree, who they are. In this groundbreaking work, eminent scholar Tom Conley establishes the ideological power of maps in classic, contemporary, and avant-garde cinema to shape the imaginary and mediated relations we hold with the world. Cartographic Cinema examines the affinities of maps and movies through comparative theory and close analysis of films from the silent era to the French New Wave to Hollywood blockbusters. In doing so, Conley reveals that most of the movies we see contain maps of various kinds and almost invariably constitute a projective apparatus similar to cartography. In addition, he demonstrates that spatial signs in film foster a critical relation with the prevailing narrative and mimetic registers of cinema. Conley convincingly argues that the very act of watching films, and cinema itself, is actually a form of cartography. Unlike its function in an atlas, a map in a movie often causes the spectator to entertain broader questions—not only about cinema but also of the nature of space and being.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816643578
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 2/9/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Theory and Cartography
Cinematic Taxonomy and Cartography
Archive and Diagram
Dislocation, Distance, Discretion
Mental Mapping and Mobile Topography
A Map in a Movie
Icarian Cinema: Paris qui dort     23
A Site of Immaculate Origin
A Film in Flux
Two Spatial Stories
Points of Comparison
Liberty; A Vanishing Point
Jean Renoir: Cartographies in Deep Focus     40
Boudu cartographe
Tracking a Revolution
La Grande illusion: Terrae incognitae
Globes In and Out of Perspective
Maps and Theaters of Torture: Roma, citta aperta     65
A Map Room
Italy Wallpapered: A Map in an Apartment
A Theater of Torture
Wiped Surfaces
A Desperate Journey: From Casablanca to Indiana Jones     83
Crashing In and Crashing Out
A Map in a Montage
Desperate Journey
A Map-Dissolve: Casablanca
From Historical Geography to Melodrama
A Place Named
Indiana Jones
Juvenile Geographies: Les Mistons     106
A Story Plotted into Film
Correspondence and Rewriting
Scenes of Writing
As the Crow Flies
Old Films and New Worlds: An Allegory
Michelin Tendre: Les Amants     125
A Book and a Movie
"Attention au depart"
The Gleaner and the Grease Monkey
Pleats and Folds
The Michelin Map after La Carte du Tendre
Paris Underground: Les 400 coups     141
The "Quarrel"
Class Room and Map Room
Mother and MotherFrance
A Child's Map
A Roadmap for a Road Movie: Thelma and Louise     156
Geography and Gentility
Cinematic Diagrams
A Map Room and a Baroque Motel
Reflectors and Benders
Orpheus Rewritten
The Map in the Picture
Women Plotted
Cronos, Cosmos, and Polis: La Haine     173
Children of France
Events Crosscut
The Lower Depths
The World Is Ours
Graffiti and Glossolalia
Ptolemy, Gladiator, and Empire     191
A Correspondence: Empire and Gladiator
Ptolemy's Italia
Map Effects and Special Effects
Super Bowls
Conclusion     207
Notes     215
Bibliography     241
Filmography     251
Index     255
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