Camera Historica: The Century in Cinema

Camera Historica: The Century in Cinema



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231156509
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Antoine de Baecque is a literary historian and film critic. His books in English include Truffaut: A Biography, The Body Politics: Corporeal Metaphor in Revolutionary France, 1770-1800, Glory and Terror, and A History of Democracy in Europe. He has served as editor in chief of culture at the newspaper Liberation and as publisher of the publishing house, Les Editions Complexes.

Ninon Vinsonneau teaches American civilization and culture at École Centrale Paris.

Jonathan Magidoff is professor of English at Sciences Po, Paris.

Table of Contents

An eclectic portrait of cinema highlighting its intrinsic relationship with history.

What People are Saying About This

Vanessa Schwartz

Antoine de Baecque is one of the most interesting and original historians writing today, as fluent in historical method as he is in semiotics and film history. This book is breathtaking in its scope, remarkable in its command of multiple cinematic traditions, and complex and thought-provoking in its arguments. The book ranges widely, treating everything from Chaplin films to middle-brow historical epics, from the politics of the French New Wave to the newest wave of Russian films made after the fall of Communism. The field of cinema and history is just opening up. No book has taken on as many different aspects of the relationship with such aplomb, verve, and insight. A landmark in the field.

Alain Badiou

Camera Historica marks a new stage in thinking about the relationship between cinema (as art) and history (as both real and narrative). Going beyond the classic 'histories of cinema,' this book reveals what cinema makes of history, its way of making history visible, and of allowing us to judge it.

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