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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

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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