Impure Cinema: Intermedial and Intercultural Approaches to Film

Overview

André Bazin's famous article, 'Pour un cinéma impur: défense de l'adaptation', was first translated into English simply as 'In Defence of Mixed Cinema', probably to avoid any uncomfortable sexual or racial resonances the word 'impure' might have. Impure Cinema goes back to Bazin's original title precisely for its defense of impurity, applying it on the one hand to cinema's interbreeding with other arts and on the other to its ability to convey and promote cultural diversity.

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Overview

André Bazin's famous article, 'Pour un cinéma impur: défense de l'adaptation', was first translated into English simply as 'In Defence of Mixed Cinema', probably to avoid any uncomfortable sexual or racial resonances the word 'impure' might have. Impure Cinema goes back to Bazin's original title precisely for its defense of impurity, applying it on the one hand to cinema's interbreeding with other arts and on the other to its ability to convey and promote cultural diversity.

In contemporary progressive film criticism, ideas of purity, essence and origin have been superseded by favorable approaches to 'hybridization', 'transnationalism', 'multiculturalism' and cross-fertilizations of all sorts. Impure Cinema builds on this idea in novel and exciting ways, as it draws on cinema's combination of intermedial and intercultural aspects as a means to bridge the divide between studies of aesthetics and culture. Film is revealed here as the location par excellence of media encounters, mutual questioning and self-dissolution into post-medium experiments. Most importantly, the book argues, film's intermedial relations can only be properly understood if their cultural determinants are taken into account. Scholars and students of film, cinéfiles and students of the arts will discover here unexpected connections across many artistic practices.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This well-conceived collection takes up Bazin's call for an impure cinema… Nagib and Jerslev have brought together contributors of both great experience and huge promise. This book allows us a less circumscribed and more joyous access to world cinema.' – Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ARC Professorial Future Fellow in Comparative Film and Cultural Studies, University of New South Wales

'Seizing the controversial implications of the concept of impurity, this book makes a major contribution to debates about how and why the cinema is always implicated in political landscapes.' – Jackie Stacey, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Manchester

'Impure Cinema provides a much needed discussion of the relation between cinema and the other arts.' – Torben Grodal, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780765105
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/18/2013
  • Series: Tauris World Cinema Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lúcia Nagib is Centenary Professor of World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. Her books include Brazil on Screen: Cinema Novo, New Cinema, Utopia (I.B.Tauris, 2007) and World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism (2011).

Anne Jerslev is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of books about David Lynch, cult films, youth and violent cinema, and media and intimacy.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 
Notes on Contributors 
Acknowledgements 
Introduction 
PART I: THE HISTORY AND POLITICS OF IMPURITY
1. From Impurity to Historicity 
2. The Politics of Impurity 
PART II: INTERTEXTUAL AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUES
3. Contestations of Intercultural Collaboration: the Case of Whale Rider 
4. Adapting Frida Kahlo: The Film-Paintings 
5. Transatlantic Drift: Hobos, Slackers, Flâneurs, Idiots and Edukators 
6. Captain Swing the Fearless: a Turkish film adaptation of an Italian Western Comic Strip 
PART III: LITERARY IMPURITIES
7. Adaptation by Degree: A Study of Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves
8. The Supernatural from Page to Screen: Ambrose Bierce's and Robert Enrico's An Ocurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 
PART IV: BORDER-CROSSING FILMS
9. An Art in the Rough: the Cinema of João César Monteiro 
10. Relational Subjectivity, Impure Voice: The Video Essays of Agnès Varda, Bingöl Elmas and Kathy High 
11. Jia Zhangke's Cinema and Chinese Garden Architecture 
12. Amidst Landscapes of Mobility: The Embodied Turn in Contemporary Chinese Cinema 
PART V: POST-MEDIUM FILMS
13. Chantal Akerman: Moving Between Cinema and Installation 
14. Projection as Performance: Intermediality in Japan's Expanded Cinema 
15. Shooting for a Cause: Cyberactivism and Genre Hybridisation in The Cove 
16. David Lynch Between Analogue and Digital: Lost Highway, The Straight Story and the Interview Project 
Index

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