The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film

The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film

by Laura Rascaroli
     
 

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The Personal Camera is an exploration of an elusive but more and more compelling field: essayistic cinema. The essay film, together with its cognate forms—the diary, the travelogue, the notebook and the self-portrait—is cinema in the first person. It is a cinema of thought, of investigation and self-reflection, in which the filmmaker, instead

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The Personal Camera is an exploration of an elusive but more and more compelling field: essayistic cinema. The essay film, together with its cognate forms—the diary, the travelogue, the notebook and the self-portrait—is cinema in the first person. It is a cinema of thought, of investigation and self-reflection, in which the filmmaker, instead of withdrawing behind the camera, comes out into the open, to say 'I', to take responsibility, and to address and engage with the spectator within a shared space of embodied subjectivity. Authorial, experimental and radical, essayistic cinema belongs within the lineage of avant-garde and political filmmaking and responds above all to the need we feel today for more contingent, autobiographical, private forms of expression. This study provides a unique insight into an intricate but fascinating field, by engaging with the work of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Harun Farocki, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alexander Sokurov, Michelangelo Antonioni, Derek Jarman, Federico Fellini, Wim Wenders, Jonas Mekas and Agne's Varda.

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Scope - Daniele Rugo
Rascaroli's text is one of impressive intellectual rigor and of utter importance to the study of an ever-changing form – subjective cinema – and of filmmaking at large.

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Comprehensive, insightful, richly detailed, and passionately argued... Essential.

Scope
Rascaroli's text is one of impressive intellectual rigor and of utter importance to the study of an ever-changing form — subjective cinema — and of filmmaking at large.

— Daniele Rugo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906660123
Publisher:
Wallflower Press
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Nonfictions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
834,235
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Rascaroli is senior lecturer in film studies at University College Cork, Ireland. She is the author, in collaboration with Ewa Mazierska, of From Moscow to Madrid: Postmodern Cities, European Cinema (2003), The Cinema of Nanni Moretti: Dreams and Diaries (2004), and Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (2006).

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