Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts

Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts

by Steven Jacobs


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Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts by Steven Jacobs

Through the feature films and documentaries of directors including Emmer, Erice, Godard, Hitchcock, Pasolini, Resnais, Rossellini and Storck, Jacobs examines the way films 'animate' artworks by means of cinematic techniques, such as camera movements and editing, or by integrating them into a narrative.He explores how this 'mobilization' of the artwork is brought into play in art documentaries and artist biopics, as well as in feature films containing key scenes situated in museums. The tension between stasis and movement is also discussed in relation to modernist cinema, which often includes tableaux vivants combining pictorial, sculptural and theatrical elements. This tension also marks the aesthetics of the film still, which have inspired prominent art photographers such as Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall.Illustrated throughout, Jacobs' study of the presence of art in film, alongside the omnipresence of the filmic image in today's art museums, is an engaging work for students and scholars of film and art alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748640171
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Film Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Steven Jacobs is Assistant Professor at the University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xiii

1 Camera and Canvas: Emmer, Storck, Resnais and the Post-war Art Film 1

2 Vasari in Hollywood: Artists and Biopics 38

3 Galleries of the Gaze: The Museum in Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia and Hitchcock's Vertigo 65

4 Tableaux Vivants 1: Painting, Film, Death and Passion Plays in Pasolini and Godard 88

5 Tableaux Vivants 2: Film Stills and Contemporary Photography 121

6 The Video That Knew Too Much: Hitchcock, Contemporary Art and Post-Cinema 149

Appendix to Chapter 2: Artist Biopics 180

Bibliography 183

Index 200

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