Framed Time: Toward a Postfilmic Cinema

Framed Time: Toward a Postfilmic Cinema

by Garrett Stewart
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226774163

ISBN-13: 9780226774169

Pub. Date: 08/15/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni claimed, three decades ago, that different conceptions of time helped define the split in film between European humanism and American science fiction. And as Garrett Stewart argues here, this transatlantic division has persisted since cinema’s 1995 centenary, made more complex by the digital technology that has detached

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Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni claimed, three decades ago, that different conceptions of time helped define the split in film between European humanism and American science fiction. And as Garrett Stewart argues here, this transatlantic division has persisted since cinema’s 1995 centenary, made more complex by the digital technology that has detached movies from their dependence on the sequential frames of the celluloid strip.

Brilliantly interpreting dozens of recent films—from Being John Malkovich, Donnie Darko, and The Sixth Sense to La mala educación and Caché —Stewart investigates how their treatments of time reflect the change in media from film’s original rolling reel to today’s digital pixel. He goes on to show—with 140 stills—how American and European narratives confront this shift differently: while Hollywood movies tend to revolve around ghostly afterlives, psychotic doubles, or violent time travel, their European counterparts more often feature second sight, erotic telepathy, or spectral memory. Stewart questions why these recent plots, in exploring temporality, gravitate toward either supernatural or uncanny apparitions rather than themes of digital simulation. In doing so, he provocatively continues the project he began with Between Film and Screen, breaking new ground in visual studies, cinema history, and media theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226774169
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/15/2007
Series:
Cinema and Modernity Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Forewords
Acknowledgments
Introduction: On Optical Allusion

1 Lexeme to Pixel: An Experiment in Narratography
The Golden Bowl  The House of Mirth  Citizen Kane

2 Trick Beginnings and the European Uncanny
Memento  Insomnia  Run Lola Run  Three Colors: Blue  Three Colors: Red  The Double Life of Véronique  The Red Squirrel  Lovers of the Arctic Circle  Time Regained  Simon the Magician  Heaven  Swimming Pool

3 Out of Body in Hollywood
The Matrix  Dark City  The Manchurian Candidate  Abre Los Ojos  Vanilla Sky  A.I. Artificial Intelligence  The Sixth Sense  The Others  Jacob’s Ladder  Adaptation  Identity  One Hour Photo

4 Temportation
Paris Qui Dort  Johnny Mnemonic  Frequency  He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not  Donnie Darko  The Thirteenth Floor  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  The Butterfly Effect  2001: A Space Odyssey  Being John Malkovich

5 VR from Cimnemonics to Digitime
The Forgotten  City of Lost Children  Bad Education  The Final Cut  Caché Syriana

6 Media Archaeology, Hermeneutics, Narratography
Minority Report  The Lake House  Happy Accidents  Brokeback Mountain  The Jacket Irreversible

Appendix: Precinematics; or, Reading the Narratogram

Notes
Terms
Index

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