Essays on the Essay Film

It features texts on the foundations of the essay film by writers such as Hans Richter and André Bazin; contemporary positions by, among others, Phillip Lopate and Michael Renov; and original essays by filmmakers themselves, including ...


Author: Nora M. Alter

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231543996

Category: Performing Arts


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The essay—with its emphasis on the provisional and explorative rather than on definitive statements—has evolved from its literary beginnings and is now found in all mediums, including film. Today, the essay film is, arguably, one of the most widely acclaimed and critically discussed forms of filmmaking around the world, with practitioners such as Chris Marker, Hito Steyerl, Errol Morris, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Rithy Panh. Characteristics of the essay film include the blending of fact and fiction, the mixing of art- and documentary-film styles, the foregrounding of subjective points of view, a concentration on public life, a tension between acoustic and visual discourses, and a dialogic encounter with audiences. This anthology of fundamental statements on the essay film offers a range of crucial historical and philosophical perspectives. It provides early critical articulations of the essay film as it evolved through the 1950s and 1960s, key contemporary scholarly essays, and a selection of writings by essay filmmakers. It features texts on the foundations of the essay film by writers such as Hans Richter and André Bazin; contemporary positions by, among others, Phillip Lopate and Michael Renov; and original essays by filmmakers themselves, including Laura Mulvey and Isaac Julien.

The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction

Aldous Huxley, “Preface to The Collected Essays of Aldous Huxley” [1960], in Essays on the Essay Film, ed. Nora M. Alter and Timothy Corrigan (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017), 83. Arthur, “Essay Questions,” 171.


Author: Nora M. Alter

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231545983

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 412

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Nora M. Alter reveals the essay film to be a hybrid genre that fuses the categories of feature, art, and documentary film. Like its literary predecessor, the essay film draws on a variety of forms and approaches; in the process, it fundamentally alters the shape of cinema. The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction locates the genre’s origins in early silent cinema and follows its transformation with the advent of sound, its legitimation in the postwar period, and its multifaceted development at the turn of the millennium. In addition to exploring the broader history of the essay film, Alter addresses the innovative ways contemporary artists such as Martha Rosler, Isaac Julien, Harun Farocki, John Akomfrah, and Hito Steyerl have taken up the essay film in their work.

World Cinema and the Essay Film

Alter, Nora and Timothy Corrigan (eds) (2017), Essays on the Essay Film, New York: Columbia University Press. Andrew, Dudley (2006), 'Time Zones and Jetlag: The Flows and Phases of World Cinema', in Stephanie Dennison and Song Hwee Lim ...


Author: Brenda Hollweg

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474429269

Category: Experimental films

Page: 264

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World Cinema and the Essay Film examines the ways in which essay film practices are deployed by non-Western filmmakers in specific local and national contexts, in an interconnected world. The book identifies the essay film as a political and ethical tool to reflect upon and potentially resist the multiple, often contradictory effects of globalization. With case studies of essayistic works by John Akomfrah, Nguyen Trinh Thi and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, amongst many others, and with a photo-essay by Trinh T. Min-ha and a discussion of Frances Calvert's work, it expands current research on the essay film beyond canonical filmmakers and frameworks, and presents transnational perspectives on what is becoming a global film practice.

The Essay Film

Through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the essayistic has increasingly taken the shape of photo-essays, essay films, and the electronic essays that permeate the Internet as blogs and other exchanges within a public electronic ...


Author: Timothy Corrigan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199781799

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Why have certain kinds of documentary and non-narrative films emerged as the most interesting, exciting, and provocative movies made in the last twenty years? Ranging from the films of Ross McElwee (Bright Leaves) and Agn?s Varda (The Gleaners and I) to those of Abbas Kiarostami (Close Up) and Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), such films have intrigued viewers who at the same time have struggled to categorize them. Sometimes described as personal documentaries or diary films, these eclectic works are, rather, best understood as cinematic variations on the essay. So argues Tim Corrigan in this stimulating and necessary new book. Since Michel de Montaigne, essays have been seen as a lively literary category, and yet--despite the work of pioneers like Chris Marker--seldom discussed as a cinematic tradition. The Essay Film, offering a thoughtful account of the long rapport between literature and film as well as novel interpretations and theoretical models, provides the ideas that will change this.

Following Norberg Schulz

56 Theodor Adorno, 'The Essay as Form' originally printed in 1958, in Essays on the Essay Film, eds Nora M. Alter and Timothy Corrigan (New York: Columbia University Press) 62. 57 Ibid., 61. 58 Ibid., 70. 59 Ibid. 60 Nora M. Alter, ...


Author: Anna Ulrikke Andersen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350248380

Category: Architecture

Page: 240

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This book examines the life and work of the seminal architectural thinker Christian Norberg-Schulz (1926 – 2000). It draws new attention to his modern and postmodern architectural designs and re-examines his acclaimed theoretical work on the phenomenology of architecture and place within the context of a biography of his life. Taking a novel, experimental approach, the book also explores the potential of the essay-film as an innovative new approach to producing architectural history. Bridging archival research and artistic exploration, its ten chapters, written by an architectural historian who is also a film-maker, are each accompanied by a short documentary film, hosted online and linked from within the chapter, which use the medium of film to creatively explore and delve deeper into little-known aspects of Norberg-Schulz's theory of genius loci and the phenomenology of architecture. There is growing interest within academic architectural research in practice-led research methodologies, particularly in the practice of film-making and the essay film, and as well as providing an insightful account of the life, work, and theory of a key thinker, this book also provides a highly innovative example of an academic monograph which bridges the text-film gap.

The Avant Garde Feature Film

According to Timothy Corrigan (drawing an analogy between the written form and the film form of an essay): Essays describe and provoke an activity of public thought, and the public nature of that subjective experience highlights and ...


Author: William E.B. Verrone

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786488810

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 230

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Here is a critical and historical overview of unconventional and aesthetically challenging films, all of feature length. The author focuses on the particular forms of contemporary avant-garde films, which often rely on characteristics associated with historical films of the same genre. Included are works by such visionary filmmakers as David Lynch, Luis Bunuel, Jean Cocteau, Jean-Luc Godard, Guy Maddin and Derek Jarman. The first of the two appendices contains a filmography of key avant-garde feature films, from Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922) to Maximum Shame (2010). The second appendix offers a brief list of directors who have made significant contributions to films that take alternative approaches to cinematic practice, establishing new grounds for analysis and evaluation.

Encyclopedia of the Essay

e earliest examples of the essay film can be found in cinema produced many years before Astruc coined the term and formulated its theory. Most of these early film essays—su as Walter Ru mann's Berlin: Symphonie einer Grossstadt ...


Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135314101

Category: Reference

Page: 1024

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This groundbreaking new source of international scope defines the essay as nonfictional prose texts of between one and 50 pages in length. The more than 500 entries by 275 contributors include entries on nationalities, various categories of essays such as generic (such as sermons, aphorisms), individual major works, notable writers, and periodicals that created a market for essays, and particularly famous or significant essays. The preface details the historical development of the essay, and the alphabetically arranged entries usually include biographical sketch, nationality, era, selected writings list, additional readings, and anthologies

Reclaiming Popular Documentary

Corrigan, Essay Film, 181. 28. Ibid., 191. 29. Lee, “Video Essay.” 30. Lee acknowledged the greater appeal of Kogonada's approach, noting that while Kogonada's video essays have garnered multiple Vimeo staff picks, his have never gotten ...


Author: Christie Milliken

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253056894

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 406

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The documentary has achieved rising popularity over the past two decades thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Despite this, documentary studies still tends to favor works that appeal primarily to specialists and scholars. Reclaiming Popular Documentary reverses this long-standing tendency by showing that documentaries can be—and are—made for mainstream or commercial audiences. Editors Christie Milliken and Steve Anderson, who consider popular documentary to be a subfield of documentary studies, embrace an expanded definition of popular to acknowledge the many evolving forms of documentary, such as branded entertainment, fictional hybrids, and works with audience participation. Together, these essays address emerging documentary forms—including web-docs, virtual reality, immersive journalism, viral media, interactive docs, and video-on-demand—and offer the critical tools viewers need to analyze contemporary documentaries and consider how they are persuaded by and represented in documentary media. By combining perspectives of scholars and makers, Reclaiming Popular Documentary brings new understandings and international perspectives to familiar texts using critical models that will engage media scholars and fans alike.

The Cinema of Rithy Panh

Regarding the film under consideration here, for example, Jennifer Cazenave's “Earth as Archive: Reframing Memory and ... Phillip Lopate, “In Search of the Centaur: The Essay-Film,” Beyond Document: Essays on Nonfiction Film, ed.


Author: Leslie Barnes

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9781978809826

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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Born in 1964, Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh grew up in the midst of the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal reign of terror, which claimed the lives of many of his relatives. After escaping to France, where he attended film school, he returned to his homeland in the late 1980s and began work on the documentaries and fiction films that have made him Cambodia’s most celebrated living director. The fourteen essays in The Cinema of Rithy Panh explore the filmmaker’s unique aesthetic sensibility, examining the dynamic and sensuous images through which he suggests that “everything has a soul.” They consider how Panh represents Cambodia’s traumatic past, combining forms of individual and collective remembrance, and the implications of this past for Cambodia’s transition into a global present. Covering documentary and feature films, including his literary adaptations of Marguerite Duras and Kenzaburō Ōe, they examine how Panh’s attention to local context leads to a deep understanding of such major themes in global cinema as justice, imperialism, diaspora, gender, and labor. Offering fresh takes on masterworks like The Missing Picture and S-21 while also shining a light on the director’s lesser-known films, The Cinema of Rithy Panh will give readers a new appreciation for the boundless creativity and ethical sensitivity of one of Southeast Asia’s cinematic visionaries.

How the Essay Film Thinks

the term to essays that “do not necessarily march forward logically but present their elements associatively, sometimes without obvious connective tissue; or they combine their materials more in the manner of collage, ...


Author: Laura Rascaroli

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190656393

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This book offers a novel understanding of the epistemological strategies that are mobilized by the essay film, and of where and how such strategies operate. Against the backdrop of Adorno's discussion of the essay form's anachronistic, anti-systematic and disjunctive mode of resistance, and capitalizing on the centrality of the interstice in Deleuze's understanding of the cinema as image of thought, the book discusses the essay film as future philosophy-as a contrarian, political cinema whose argumentation engages with us in a space beyond the verbal. A diverse range of case studies discloses how the essay film can be a medium of thought on the basis of its dialectic use of audiovisual interstitiality. The book shows how the essay film's disjunctive method comes to be realized at the level of medium, montage, genre, temporality, sound, narration, and framing-all of these emerging as interstitial spaces of intelligence that illustrate how essayistic meaning can be sustained, often in contexts of political, historical or cultural extremity. The essayistic urge is not to be identified with a fixed generic form, but is rather situated within processes of filmic thinking that thrive in gaps.