Memory and the Moving Image: French Film in the Digital Era

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This book investigates the role of the moving image in cultural memory, considering the impact of digital technologies on visual culture. Concentrating on works from France, the book examines the ways in which the moving image conceptualizes the past and the workings of memory. Ultimately this book argues that memory is an intersubjective process, in which filmic forms continue to play a crucial role, even as new media reorganize our contemporary experience.

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Overview

This book investigates the role of the moving image in cultural memory, considering the impact of digital technologies on visual culture. Concentrating on works from France, the book examines the ways in which the moving image conceptualizes the past and the workings of memory. Ultimately this book argues that memory is an intersubjective process, in which filmic forms continue to play a crucial role, even as new media reorganize our contemporary experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748649426
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabelle McNeill is a lecturer in French at the University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction: Film and Memory in Contemporary France 1

The Memory of Cinema 1

Remembering History in France 5

The Colonial Fracture and Multidirectional Memory 8

Forms of Filmic Memory 12

Documentary and Fiction 14

Objects, Faces, Cities 15

1 Memory and the Moving Image 19

Theories of Memory 19

Collective Memory and the Supplement 27

Media, Memory and Time 33

The Memory of the Text 45

2 Virtual Museums and Memory Objects 51

Audiovisual Objects and Memory 54

Real and Virtual Museums 63

Beautiful Accidents: Cinematic Debris, Postcards and the Memento Mori 70

Monuments 76

The Filmmaker as Mnemonic Prism 81

3 Facing the Past 87

Bodies, Time and Authenticity 88

Focus on the Face 90

Framing the Face of Testimony 93

Women Face to Face 99

Facing up to the Past 103

Faces in a Misty Light: Women as Cultural Memory 111

4 Memory Maps and City Space 123

Memory and Place 125

Memory and the City 130

Media and Mobile Mapping 135

Between Creativity and Disintegration 139

Hidden in the City 148

Conclusion 160

Filmography 165

Bibliography 168

Index 177

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