The Virtual Life of Film

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Harvard University Press, 30 juin 2009 - 216 pages
As almost (or, truly, virtually) every aspect of making and viewing movies is replaced by digital technologies, even the notion of watching a film is fast becoming an anachronism. With the likely disappearance of celluloid film stock as a medium, and the emergence of new media competing for an audience, what will happen to cinema--and to cinema studies? In the first of two books exploring this question, D. N. Rodowick considers the fate of film and its role in the aesthetics and culture of moviemaking and viewing in the twenty-first century. Here Rodowick proposes and examines three different critical responses to the disappearance of film in relation to other time-based media, and to the study of contemporary visual culture. Film, he suggests, occupies a special place in the genealogy of the arts of the virtual: while film disappears, cinema persists--at least in the narrative forms imagined by Hollywood since 1915. Rodowick also observes that most so-called new media are fashioned upon a cinematic metaphor. His book helps us see how digital technologies are serving, like television and video before them, to perpetuate the cinematic as the mature audiovisual culture of the twentieth century--and, at the same time, how they are preparing the emergence of a new audiovisual culture whose broad outlines we are only just beginning to distinguish.
 

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Table des matières

I The Virtual Life of Film
1
II What Was Cinema?
25
III A New Landscape Without Image
89
Acknowledgments
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D. N. Rodowick is Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University. His many books include The Afterimage of Gilles Deleuze's Film Philosophy (as editor) and Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy after the New Media.

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