I thought that readers of Screen-L might be interested in these books from
MIT Press. I've included links where more information can be found on each
The Cinema Effect
It has been said that all cinema is a special effect. In this highly
original examination of time in film Sean Cubitt tries to get at the root
of the uncanny effect produced by images and sounds that don't quite align
with reality. What is it that cinema does? Cubitt proposes a history of
images in motion from a digital perspective, for a digital audience.
He begins with a discussion of "pioneer cinema," focusing on the
contributions of French cinematic pioneers in the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. He then examines the sound cinema of the 1930s,
examining film effects in works by Eisenstein, Jean Renoir, and Hollywood's
RKO studio. Finally he considers what he calls "post cinema," examining the
postwar development of the "spatialization" of time through slow motion,
freeze-frame, and steadi-cam techniques. Students of film will find
Cubitt's analyses of non-canonical films like Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett
and Billy the Kid as enlightening as his fresh takes on such classics as
Renoir's Rules of the Game.
Sean Cubitt is Professor of Screen and Media Studies at the University of
Waikato, New Zealand.
7 x 9, 464 pp., 48 illus., cloth, ISBN 0-262-03312-7
The Cinematic Imaginary After Film
edited by Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel
This book, which accompanies an exhibition organized by the ZKM Institute
for Visual Media, explores the history and significance of pre-cinema and
of early experimental cinema, as well as the development of the unique
theaters in which "immersion" evolved. Drawing on a broad range of
scholarship, it examines the shift from monolithic Hollywood spectacles to
works probing the possibilities of interactive, performative, and net-based
cinemas. The post-cinematic condition, the book shows, has long roots in
artistic practice and influences every channel of communication.
Jeffrey Shaw is Director of the Institute for Visual Media at the ZKM
Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. Peter Weibel is CEO of the ZKM and the
coauthor of net_condition (MIT Press, 2001).
8 x 11, 600 pp., 1000 illus., color throughout, paper, ISBN 0-262-69286-4
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