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An Invention without a Future: Essays on Cinema (Hardback)

James Naremore

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ISBN 10: 0520279735 / ISBN 13: 9780520279735
Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2014
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. In 1895, Louis Lumiere supposedly said that cinema is an invention without a future. James Naremore uses this legendary remark as a starting point for a meditation on the so-called death of cinema in the digital age, and as a way of introducing a wide-ranging series of his essays on movies past and present. These essays include discussions of authorship, adaptation, and acting; commentaries on Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Vincente Minnelli, John Huston, and Stanley Kubrick; and reviews of more recent work by non-Hollywood directors Pedro Costa, Abbas Kiarostami, Raul Ruiz, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Important themes recur: the relations between modernity, modernism, and postmodernism; the changing mediascape and death of older technologies; and the need for robust critical writing in an era when print journalism is waning and the humanities are devalued. The book concludes with essays on four major American film critics: James Agee, Manny Farber, Andrew Sarris, and Jonathan Rosenbaum. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520279735

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Titre : An Invention without a Future: Essays on ...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2014

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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In 1895, Louis Lumière supposedly said that cinema is an invention without a future.” James Naremore uses this legendary remark as a starting point for a meditation on the so-called death of cinema in the digital age, and as a way of introducing a wide-ranging series of his essays on movies past and present. These essays include discussions of authorship, adaptation, and acting; commentaries on Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Vincente Minnelli, John Huston, and Stanley Kubrick; and reviews of more recent work by non-Hollywood directors Pedro Costa, Abbas Kiarostami, Raúl Ruiz, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Important themes recur: the relations between modernity, modernism, and postmodernism; the changing mediascape and death of older technologies; and the need for robust critical writing in an era when print journalism is waning and the humanities are devalued. The book concludes with essays on four major American film critics: James Agee, Manny Farber, Andrew Sarris, and Jonathan Rosenbaum.

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"James Naremore is one of the most deservedly admired critics of our time, and this collection presents an array of perceptive, readable essays on critical, historical, and theoretical topics that have never been more clearly and articulately explored." David Sterritt, author of Spike Lee's America

"Reading over this collection of essays, I am struck by how important James Naremore's voice is to the field. The notion of the film scholar as critic is, as he says at one point, an idea that is under siege. Naremore’s robust, pellucid, and consistently perceptive critical intelligence is the antidote to this denigration of criticism." Richard Allen, co-author of Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema

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