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Rites of Realism

"Rites of Realism" rethinks cinematic realism, shifting discussion away from the usual focus on the faithfulness of record or the illusory effects of verisimilitude towards a notion of 'performative realism', a realism that does not simply represent a given reality but enacts actual social tensions. These essays by a range of film theorists propose stimulating new approaches to the critical evaluation of modern realist films and such referential genres as reenactment, historical film, adaptation, portrait films, documentary, and realist depictions of urban life. By providing close readings of classic and contemporary works, "Rites of Realism" signals the need to return to a focus on films as the main provocateurs and innovators of realist representation. Inspired by the pioneering thought of Andre Bazin, this book features two new translations: of Bazin's 1958 essay "Death Every Afternoon", examining the filming of a bullfight and of Serge Daney's essay reinterpreting imagery invoked by Bazin. These pieces evince key concerns-particularly the link between cinematic realism and representations of the body - that the other essays explore further. Among the topics addressed are the provocative mimesis of Luis Bunuel's "Land Without Bread"; the adaptation of trial documents in Carl Dreyer's "Passion of Joan of Arc"; the use of the tableaux vivant by Wim Wenders and Peter Greenaway; the way Pasolini transposed "The Gospel According to Matthew" from Palestine to southern Italy; and the variables in urban representation in contemporary Chinese cinema. Contributors also look at the resistance to visibility posed by images of possession in Maya Deren's work and the historical contingencies of identity representation in avant-garde and documentary films of the 1960s, as well as the social geography presented in Mike Leigh's oeuvre and the exemplary dimension of reenactment in films by Antonioni, Cesare Zavattini, Zhang Yuan, and Abbas Kiarostami. "Rites of Realism" will appeal not only to cinema studies specialists but also to those interested in performance theory and art history. The contributors to this book include: Paul Arthur; Andre Bazin; Mark A. Cohen; Serge Daney; Mary Ann Doane; James Lastra; Ivone Margulies; Abe Mark Normes; Brigitte Peucker; Richard Porton; Philip Rosen; Catherine Russell; James Schamus; Noa Steimatsky; and, Xiaobing Tang.
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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

Table of Contents

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 Retracings 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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