Visual Turn: Classical Film Theory and Art History

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The Visual Turn is a cutting-edge dialogue between art historians and film theorists from the silent period to the aftermath of World War II. Its aim is to broaden the horizons of film studies, while making students of art history more comfortable when they approach the key texts of classical film theory.

Through pairings of articles, The Visual Turn demonstrates that an implicit dialogue between art historians and film specialists has enriched both fields for decades. By combining original essays, reprints, and translations from French and Italian, The Visual Turn makes this little-known dialogue between two disciplines speak about such rich issues as: iconophobia, iconophilia, and iconoclasm; haptic and optical images; cognitivism and aesthetics; visual form, history, and technology.

Angela Dalle Vacche teaches film studies in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Ivan Allen College of the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of The Body in the Mirror: Shapes of History in Italian Cinema and Cinema and Painting: How Art is Used in Film.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813531731
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Series: Rutgers Depth of Field Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Unexplored Connections in a New Territory 1
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (excerpt) 33
The Magician and the Surgeon: Film and Painting 35
Linear and Painterly 51
Montage - The American School and the Soviet School 56
Style and Medium in the Motion Pictures 69
Iconology at the Movies: Panofsky's Film Theory 85
The Close-Up and The Face of Man 117
The Face in Close-Up 127
Painting and Film 151
Middlebrow Modernism: Rudolf Arnheim at the Crossroads of Film Theory and the Psychology of Art 154
El Greco 195
The Uncrossable Threshold: The Relation of Painting and Cinema in Eisenstein 206
Painting and Cinema 221
Representation, Illusion, and the Cinema 226
Bibliography 253
Contributors 267
Index 271
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