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February 1999, Week 2


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Jeff McIntire-Strasburg <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 6 Feb 1999 16:44:24 -0800
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DR J J JACOBS wrote:
> I'm looking for examples of films or television programmes that use
> still photography as an aspect of their mise-en-scene, particularly
> those that 'energise' the photograph within the temporal continuity
> of the film (e.g. using voice-over narration). I'd also be grateful
> for reading suggestions ( I've looked at the Patrice
> Petro collection, FUGITIVE IMAGEs, and take Sontag, Bourdieu and
> Benjamin as read).
> Any suggestions -  from the opening of Chinatown to La Jettee! - most
> welcome.
> Jason
> Dr Jason Jacobs
> Department of Film and Television Studies
> University of Warwick
> Coventry
> CV4 7AL
> ----
> Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
> University of Alabama.

Peter Weir's DEAD POET'S SOCIETY makes use of this technique as Robin
Williams' character introduces his students to the concept of _carpe
diem_ by having them view photographs of former, probably dead, students
from their prestigious New England boarding school.
        I also seem to remember that the opening of THE FAN (can't
remember the director, but stars Robert DeNiro as an obsessed baseball
fan and Wesley Snipes as a pampered ballplayer) opens with a montage of
photographs from the Deniro character's childhood with DeNiro reciting
"Casey at the Bat" (?) in voice-over.

Hope this helps,

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
Jefferson College

Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
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