Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video / Edition 1

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Overview

Experimental film and ethnographic film have long been considered separate, autonomous practices on the margins of mainstream cinema. By exploring the interplay between the two forms, Catherine Russell throws new light on both the avant-garde and visual anthropology.
Russell provides detailed analyses of more than thirty-five films and videos from the 1890s to the 1990s and discusses a wide range of film and videomakers, including Georges Méliès, Maya Deren, Peter Kubelka, Ray Birdwhistell, Jean Rouch, Su Friedrich, Bill Viola, Kidlat Tahimik, Margaret Mead, Tracey Moffatt, and Chantal Akerman. Arguing that video enables us to see film differently—not as a vanishing culture but as bodies inscripted in technology, Russell maps the slow fade from modernism to postmodern practices. Combining cultural critique with aesthetic analysis, she explores the dynamics of historical interruption, recovery, and reevaluation. As disciplinary boundaries dissolve, Russell contends, ethnography is a means of renewing the avant-gardism of “experimental” film, of mobilizing its play with language and form for historical ends. “Ethnography” likewise becomes an expansive term in which culture is represented from many different and fragmented perspectives.
Original in both its choice of subject and its theoretical and methodological approaches, Experimental Ethnography will appeal to visual anthropologists, as well as film scholars interested in experimental and documentary practices.

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“The breadth and range of this book is fantastic. Russell tackles many interesting problematics and she does so through an eclectic choice of examples. This will stand out as a major and unique redefinition of the fields of experimental cinema and visual anthropology.”—Ivone Margulies, author of Nothing Happens: Chantal Akerman’s Hyperrealist Everyday

“This is an extremely important and innovative book. Russell brings together two distinct fields from film studies that have previously remained separate—the avant-garde and ethnographic film—and reconstructs their relationship in such a way that both fields are significantly transformed.”—David E. James, author of Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)Popular Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822323198
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,177,873
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Russell is Associate Professor of Cinema at Concordia University and the author of Narrative Mortality: Death, Closure, and New Wave Cinemas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
I Introduction to Experimental Ethnography
1 Another Look 3
2 Surrealist Ethnography 26
II Documentary Before Documentary
3 The Body as the Main Attraction 51
4 Ethnotopias of Early Cinema 76
5 Playing Primitive 98
III The Undisciplined Gaze
6 Zoology, Pornography, Ethnography 119
7 Framing People: Structural Film Revisited 157
IV Other Realities
8 Ecstatic Ethnography: Filming Possession Rituals 193
9 Archival Apocalypse: Found Footage as Ethnography 238
V Conclusion
10 Autoethnography: Journeys of the Self 275
Notes 315
Bibliography 355
Filmography 365
Index 369
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