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Film and the natural environment : elements and atmospheres

Author: Adam O'Brien
Publisher: London ; New York : Wallflower, published by Columbia University Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Short cuts (London, England), 66.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Environmental themes are present in cinema more than ever before. But the relationship between film and the natural world is a long and complex one, not reducible to issues such as climate change and pollution. This volume demonstrates how an awareness of natural features and dynamics can enhance our understanding of three key film-studies topics--narrative, genre, and national cinema. It does so by drawing on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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O'Brien, Adam, 1982-
Film and the natural environment.
London : Wallflower Press, Columbia University Press, [2018]
(OCoLC)1029028288
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adam O'Brien
ISBN: 9780231851107 0231851103
OCLC Number: 1037351554
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 119 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
Film studies and the natural environment --
Film narrative and the natural environment --
Film genre and the natural environment --
National cinemas and the natural environment --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Short cuts (London, England), 66.
Responsibility: Adam O'Brien.
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"Environmental themes are present in cinema more than ever before. But the relationship between film and the natural world is a long and complex one, not reducible to issues such as climate change and pollution. This volume demonstrates how an awareness of natural features and dynamics can enhance our understanding of three key film-studies topics--narrative, genre, and national cinema. It does so by drawing on examples from a broad historical and geographical spectrum, including Sunrise, A River Called Titas, and Profound Desires of the Gods. The first introductory text on a topic which has long been overlooked in the discipline, Film and the Natural Environment argues that the nonhuman world can be understood not just as a theme but as a creative resource available to all filmmakers. It invites readers to consider some of the particular strengths and weaknesses of cinema as communicator of environmental phenomena, and collates ideas and passages from a range of critics and theorists who have contributed to our understanding of moving images and the natural world."--Book cover.

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