The Cinema of Raul Ruiz: Impossible Cartographies

by Michael Goddard
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The Cinema of Raul Ruiz: Impossible Cartographies

Raúl Ruiz, while considered one of the world's most significant filmmakers by several film critics, is yet to be the subject of any thorough engagement with his work in English. This volume sets out on this task by mapping, as fully as possible, Ruiz's cinematic trajectory across more than five decades of prolific work, up to his death in 2011; ranging from his earliest work in Chile to high-budget 'European' costume dramas culminating in Mysteries of Lisbon (2010). It does so by treating Ruiz's work—with its surrealist, magic realist, popular cultural, and neo-Baroque sources—as a type of 'impossible' cinematic cartography, mapping real, imaginary, and virtual spaces, and crossing between different cultural contexts, aesthetic strategies, and technical media. It argues that across the different phases of Ruiz's work identified, there are key continuities such as the invention of singular cinematic images and the interrogation of their possible and impossible combinations.

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ISBN-13: 9780231167314
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Publication date: 09/22/2013
Series: Directors' Cuts Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Goddard is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Salford, UK. His recent research centers on audiovisual media cultures and media theory; currently he is researching radical media ecologies in the 1970s.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Cartographer?
1. Ruiz's Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s
2 The Cinema of Piracy, the Sea and Spectral Voyages: Ruiz's Neo-Baroque Cinema of the 1980s
3 Cartographies of Complexity: Ruiz's 'French' Cinema Since the Mid-1990s
Conclusion: Ruizian Cartography from Chile to the Cosmos via the Littoral, or The Film to Come
Appendix: Raúl Ruiz Interview (Paris, November, 2009)
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An in-depth, knowledgeable and critically rigorous study of the director's multifaceted and prolific career, from the early projects made in Chile to his formidably prolific, inventive, and heterogeneous work in Europe.

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