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Rites of Realism


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A collection of essays rethinking and reviving realism as a focus for film theory, particularly emphasizing the relation of the genre to issues of the body

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Acknowledgments ix
Bodies Too Much / Ivone Margulies 1
Bazinian Contingencies
Death Every Afternoon / Andre Bazin
Translated by Mark A. Cohen 27
The Screen of Fantasy (Bazin and Animals) / Serge Daney
Translated by Mark A. Cohen 32
History of Image, Image of History: Subject and Ontology in Bazin / Philip Rosen 42
The Object of Theory / Mary Ann Doane 80
Cultural Indices
No Longer Absolute: Portraiture in American Avant-Garde and Documentary Films of the Sixties / Paul Arthur 93
In Search of the Real City: Cinematic Representations of Beijing and Politics of Vision / Xiaobing Tang 119
Private Reality: Hara Kazou's Films / Abe Mark Nornes 144
Mike Leigh's Modernist Realism / Richard Porton 164
Why Is This Absurd Picture Here? Ethnology/Heterology/Bunuel / James F. Lastra 185
Exemplary Bodies: Reenactment in Love in the City, Sons, and Close Up / Ivone Margulies 217
Pasolini on Terra Sancta: Towards a Theology of Film / Noa Steimatsky 245
Ecstatic Ethnography: Maya Deren and the Filming of Possession Rituals / Catherine Russell 270
Filmic Tableau Vivant: Vermeer, Intermediality, and the Real / Brigitte Peucker 294
Dreyer's Textual Realism / James Schamus 315
Selected Bibliography 325
Contributors 333
Index 337

About the Author

Ivone Margulies is Associate Professor in the Film and Media Studies Department at Hunter College. She is the author of Nothing Happens: Chantal Akerman's Hyperrealist Everyday.


"The essays are consistently demanding and intelligent, and the entire collection will add considerably to debates in film studies today-especially as realism continues to grow as a central and controversial topic." Timothy Corrigan, author of Movies without Walls: Cinema and Culture after Vietnam

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