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Cities in transition : the moving image and the modern metropolis

Author: Andrew Webber; Emma Wilson
Publisher: London : Wallflower, 2008.
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The city is one of the great protagonists in cinema - a modernist inspiration for silent classics such as Metropolis (1926) and a dense urban jungle in The Matrix (1999) - yet there have been few attempts to grasp the cultural and aesthetic nature of its role in media of the moving image. This volume offers an ambitious collection of essays discussing this complex and enduring relationship, and showing how early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Kongress
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cities in transition.
London : Wallflower, 2008
(OCoLC)654517193
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Webber; Emma Wilson
ISBN: 9781905674329 1905674325 1905674317 9781905674312
OCLC Number: 154711361
Description: ix, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Moving images of cities / Andrew Webber --
Motion and emotion: film and the urban fabric / Guiliana Bruno --
Urban space and early film / Patrick Keiller --
The space beside: lateral exposition, gender and urban narrative space in D.W. Griffith's biograph films / David Trotter --
Symphony of a city: motion pictures and still lives in Weimar Berlin / Andrew Webber --
Modern life in High treason: visual and narrative analysis of a near-future cinematic city / Richard Koeck --
City of light, gardens of delight / Thomas Elsaesser --
Imag(in)ing the city: Simonides to the Sims / William Uricchio --
Time and the city: Chris Marker / Sarah Cooper --
From topographical coherence to creative geography: Rohmer's The aviator's wife and Rivette's Pont du Nord / François Penz --
Controlled space: the build environment of Margarethe von Trotta's The German sisters / Charity Scribner --
Temporal geographies: comic strip and cinema in 1980s Madrid / Paul Julian Smith --
Lola/Lolo: filming gender and violence in the Mexican city / Geoffrey Kantaris --
Looking at the city in The matrix franchise / Henry Jenkins --
The sound of the city: Chinese films of the 1990s and urban noise / Elena Pollacchi --
Transitional spaces: media, memory and the city in contemporary French film / Isabelle McNeill --
Tolstoy in Los Angeles: ivans xtc. / Edward Dimendberg --
The tattered labyrinth: a selective A-Z of London cinema / Chris Petit.
Responsibility: edited by Andrew Webber and Emma Wilson.

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The city is one of the great protagonists in cinema - a modernist inspiration for silent classics such as Metropolis (1926) and a dense urban jungle in The Matrix (1999) - yet there have been few attempts to grasp the cultural and aesthetic nature of its role in media of the moving image. This volume offers an ambitious collection of essays discussing this complex and enduring relationship, and showing how early cinema, digital technology and changing urban geographies have all impacted upon ideas and representations of the modern city. Amongst the films discussed are Metropolis, The Matris, Peeping Tom (1960), Performance (1970), Sans Soleil (1983) and Amores perros (2000). Contributions come from the fields of film studies, cultural theory, architecture and design, as well as filmmakers Patrick Keiller and Chris Petit. -- from back cover.

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