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Unspeakable Histories : Film and the Experience of Catastrophe.

Author: William Guynn
Publisher: La Vergne : Columbia University Press, 2016.
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In Unspeakable Histories, William Guynn focuses on the sensation of encountering past events through film. Film is capable, he argues, of triggering moments of heightened awareness in which the barrier between the past and the present can fall and the reality of the past we thought lost can be momentarily rediscovered in its material being. In his readings of seven exceptional works depicting twentieth century  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Guynn, William.
Unspeakable Histories : Film and the Experience of Catastrophe.
La Vergne : Columbia University Press, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Guynn
ISBN: 9780231541961 0231541961
OCLC Number: 956139475
Description: 1 online resource (270 pages)
Contents: Table of Contents ; Introduction: Making Experience Speak; 1. Yaël Hersonski's A Film Unfinished ; 2. Andrzej Wajda's Katyn ; 3. Andrei Konchalovsky's Siberiade ; 4. Larisa Shepitko's The Ascent ; 5. Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light ; 6. Rithy Panh's S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine ; 7. Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing ; Epilogue ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index.

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In Unspeakable Histories, William Guynn focuses on the sensation of encountering past events through film. Film is capable, he argues, of triggering moments of heightened awareness in which the barrier between the past and the present can fall and the reality of the past we thought lost can be momentarily rediscovered in its material being. In his readings of seven exceptional works depicting twentieth century atrocities, Guynn explores the emotional resonance that still adheres to traumatic historical events. Guynn considers dimensions of experience that historiography leaves untouched. Yaël.

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