|Framegrab from Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo/Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo (Uli Edel, 1981). Read Varpu Rantala‘s essay on studying this film via the link given below.|
A quick little entry today, just to alert Film Studies For Free‘s e-bookworm readers of the latest, excellent update to FSFF‘s permanent list of links to online and openly accessible ebooks:
Full contents are set out below.
- Preface 7
- ILONA HONGISTO: Documentary Fabulation: Folding the True and the False 9
- VARPU RANTALA: Samples of Christiane F.: Experimenting with Digital Postproduction in Film Studies 19
- TOMMI RÖMPÖTTI: To the Freeze-Frame and Beyond 33
- OUTI HAKOLA: Modeling Experience: Death Events and the Public Sphere 49
- MARIA KESTI: Science on Fire! A Flying Torch Articulates 63
- JUKKA SIHVONEN: Careless Saints: Notes for Research on the Aesthetics of Digital Games 69
- TERO KARPPI: Reality Bites: Subjects of Augmented Reality Applications 89
- TAPIO MÄKELÄ: Locative Games as Social Software: Playing in Object Oriented Neighbourhoods 103
- JUKKA-PEKKA PURO: Turning Inside: Towards a Phenomenology of Biological Media 123
[Tarja] Laine’s insights on disgust have important implications for thinking about the aesthetic paradox of unpleasure. In her assessment, [Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)] offers a particularly pertinent limit-case in which disgust is not readily convertible into pleasurable cognitive satisfaction. Ultimately, her reading of the film suggests that we may need to re-think theories that construct unpleasure as antithetical to aesthetic experience. In this, she joins Korsmeyer and other thinkers who have recently suggested that we may need to abandon the pleasure-unpleasure binary, in favor of thinking about disgust as ‘modifier of attention, intensifying for a host of reasons some experience that the participant would rather have continue than not’ (Korsmeyer 2011, 118). Indeed, as Laine puts it, it is possible that what we value in cinematic renderings of disgust is precisely the ‘vivid and immediate experience’ that it offers us, ‘regardless of its non-pleasurable, non-rewarding features’. [Tina Kendall in her editor’s ‘Introduction: Tarrying with Disgust‘ for the Film-Philosophy special issue on Disgust, discussing Tarja Laine‘s brilliant article for that issue, as well as citing Carolyn Korsmeyer’s Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)]
Many of you will already have heard about the new issue of Film-Philosophy that came out in late December, but Film Studies For Free is obsessively completist in its mission to bring you news of notable, open access, film studies, hence this, otherwise possibly superfluous, entry.
Besides, it’s a brilliantly provocative special issue which successfully takes explorations of filmic disgust well beyond the, to date, canonical or entrenched Film Studies approaches to film horror. Despite some of the attractions of these approaches, for those of us marking undergraduate essays on horror cinema and television from time to time, this greater plurality of conceptual pathways into these topics is a Very Good Thing – that is, in FSFF‘s ever so humble view.
Thanks so much for that, and more, Film-Philosophy!
Vol 15, No 2 (2011): The Disgust Issue
Guest Editor: Tina Kendall
- Introduction: Tarrying with Disgust PDF Tina Kendall
- Toward a Poetics of Cinematic Disgust PDF Julian Hanich
- Imprisoned in Disgust: Roman Polanski’s Repulsion PDF Tarja Laine
- Laura Dern’s Vomit, or, Kant and Derrida in Oz PDF Eugenie Brinkema
- Chew on This: Disgust, Delay, and the Documentary Image in Food, Inc. PDF Jennifer Marilynn Barker
- Body Horror and Post-Socialist Cinema: Györgi Pálfi’s Taxidermia PDF Steven Shaviro
- Dina Iordanova, David Martin-Jones and Belén Vidal (2010) Cinema at the Periphery PDF Rowena Santos Aquino
- Richard Greene and K. Silem Mohammad, eds. (2010) Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy: New Life for the Undead PDF Caroline Walters
- Joseph Mai (2010) Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne PDF R. D. Crano
- Boaz Hagin (2010) Death in Classical Hollywood Cinema PDF Richard Lindley Armstrong
- Peter Lee-Wright (2010) The Documentary Handbook PDF Wes Skolits
- William Brown, Dina Iordanova and Leshu Torchin (2010) Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe PDF Alison Frank
- Richard Misek (2010) Chromatic Cinema PDF Robert Barry
- Alain Badiou (2010) Cinéma PDF Manuel Ramos
- Annie van den Oever, ed. (2010) Ostrannenie PDF Lara Alexandra Cox
- David Martin-Jones (2010) Scotland: Global Cinema: Genres, Modes and Identities PDF John Marmysz
|Framegrab from El Valley Centro (James Benning, 2000). Read Elizabeth Cowie’s article on Documentary Space, Place, and Landscape which discusses Benning’s film, among others. Cowie is author of the new book Recording Reality, Desiring the Real (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011)|
Film Studies For Free brings you openly accessible brilliance from the latest issue of Media Fields Journal. It’s a really excellent issue on documentary and space – a must-read. And however hyperbolically positive (the always hyperbolically positive) FSFF is, it doesn’t always say that. So, do yourselves a big favour and click on the below links without further ado.
- Ryan Bowles and Rahul Mukherjee, ‘Documentary and Space: Introduction’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Alexandra Juhasz, ‘A Place in the Online Feminist Documentary Cyber-closet’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Laura Rascaroli, ‘Sonic Interstices: Essayistic Voiceover and Spectatorial Space in Robert Cambrinus’s Commentary (2009)’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- André Jansson and Erik Gandini, ‘Gitmo Space: A Dialogue about Mediatized Warfare, Documentary Filmmaking and Heterotopic Truth‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Nonny de la Peña, ‘Physical World News In Virtual Spaces: Representation and Embodiment in Immersive Nonfiction‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Erica Stein, ‘The Road to Heaven Twists: The City, Urban Planning, and Experiential Space‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Christina Corfield, ‘Flexible by Nature: Video and the Cultural Production of Concrete Fact‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Dan Fleming, ‘The Staging of Affect and the “Elsewhens” of Documentary Space’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Sukanya Sen, ‘Encountering Space: Documenting the Topography of the Migrant Home’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Maggie Hennefeld, ‘The Geopolitics of Narrative Parody in Ulrike Ottinger’s Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- ‘Mapping Documentary: Roundtable with Filmmaker Ido Haar and Film and Media Studies Scholar Janet Walker in Conversation with David Gray and Jade Petermon‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- The tracks of Sully’s tears: disability in James Cameron’s Avatar by Dana Fore
Examining disability issues in Cameron’s futuristic fairy tale reveals more complex and potentially sinister ideas at work.
- The Social Network: the contemporary pursuit of
happiness through social connections by Robert Alpert
The Social Network reenacts the U.S success myth and places it in the contemporary context of virtual realities in which connections are monetized and each person is emotionally detached from the next.
- Baz Luhrmann’s Australia: when excess isn’t parody by Stephen Papson
Parody, excess and mythology intermix, producing contradictory readings of Luhrmann’s Australia.
- Fear and loathing on Brokeback Mountain by Craig Snyder
A gay love story for the ages? Let’s hope not. A textual analysis of how homosexual desire is disciplined within Brokeback Mountain.
- There’s a sucker born every minute. Audiences blog about Sucker Punch. by Chuck Kleinhans
A search for the film Sucker Punch on the microblog Tumblr provides a rich data collection to study commonplace audience discourse about a commercial entertainment film and New Media as an example of phatic communication.
- Decay of the aura: modern art in classical cinema by Susan Felleman
A study of real works of art—including figural sculpture, “Entartete Kunst” (works of modern art deemed “degenerate by the Nazi regime), and abstract painting—as incorporated into three popular fiction films of the classic period (The Song of Songs, 1933; Venus vor Gericht, 1941; and The Trouble with Harry, 1955), reveals that when an art object becomes part of a fiction film, it enters a space of its own symbolic appropriation; aura is replaced by (unstable) signification.
- Oil drilling and the search for the “golden shrimp”:
the myth of interdependence in oil drilling films by Robin Murray and Joe Heumann
Louisiana Story (1948), Thunder Bay (1953), Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (1992), Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez (2009), and Crude (2009) draw on a mythology that suggests the oil and fishing industries can work interdependently once appropriate safety precautions are in place.
- American Medusa: Bette Davis, Beyond the Forest, femininity, and Camp by David Greven
King Vidor’s Beyond the Forest allows us to consider the feminist and queer relevance of the theme of female transformation in Bette Davis films and to revisit and challenge the category of the Camp Classic.
- Taken by Muslims: captivity narratives in
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer and Prisoner of the Mountains by Claudia Springer
A 1935 Hollywood film’s vilification of Muslims is countered by a nuanced Russian film from 1996, with both revolving around the abduction of non-Muslims by Muslims.
- A question of audience: revisiting Perry Henzell’s The Harder They Come by Ulrick Casimir
A modern attempt to unpack Henzell’s iconic film, analyzing the complex relations between British and U.S. conceptualizations of the Caribbean and the film itself.
- At the global market: Ousmane Sembène’s Moolaadé
and the economics of women’s rights by Amy E. Borden
As both a tool used by contemporary activists, such as Tostan, and within its plot, Ousmane Sembène’s final film Moolaadé demonstrates how West African women may gain collective access to juridical and political power by using local cultural customs to resist the practice of female genital cutting.
- Serbian cutting: assemblage and the archival impulse
in the films of Dušan Makavejev by Greg DeCuir, Jr.
“If Serbs are fond of slaughtering people, there must be a method of film cutting that corresponds.”
- Global capital’s false choices in the films of Laurent Cantet by Jessica Livingston
By looking at the four major films of French filmmaker Laurent Cantet, we receive a valuable window through which to view the false choices offered by the contemporary neoliberal economy.
- Narrating topography: Still Life and the cinema of Jia Zhangke by Eric Dalle
Jia Zhangke’s environmental fiction film, Still Life, explores the effects of the Three Gorges Dam on the emotional lives of individuals from different social strata.
- Redeeming the woman from Maoist China in China Cry: A True Story by Jing Yang
This 1990 filmic narrative of the Christian redemption of a Chinese woman from Maoist political frenzy exemplifies residual U.S. Cold War thinking that serves to contain the ideological other.
- Let’s get lost: unmapping history and Reformasi in the Indonesian film Tiga Hari Untuk Selamanya by Dag Yngvesson
Riri Riza’s deceptively lazy 2007 Javanese Road Movie attempts to disorient itself from the pervasive sociopolitical apathy of contemporary Indonesian youth by slowly eviscerating the ubiquitous formal, narrative and cultural structures that have imbued the problems of recent history and resulting status quo with a nostalgic, translucent sheen.
- The Nakba and the construction of identity in Palestinian film by Inez Hedges
Performative memory serves as the counterweight to dispossession from the land.
- Capital limits on creativity: Neoliberalism and its uses of art by Jyotsna Kapur:
Why the “creative economy” is a capitalistic invention, hostile to art and ultimately to human creativity.
- “Creative Industries,” neoliberal fantasies, and the cold, hard facts
of global recession: some basic lessons by Chuck Kleinhans
The international financial crisis provides the ultimate stress test for myths about today’s media culture.
- Media art and economics: resources Annotated bibliography by Chuck Kleinhans
- Woman with the movie camera redux: revisiting the position of women in the production classroom by Jennifer Proctor, River E. Branch, Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson
A call and template for a responsive pedagogy addressing the pervasive violent representations of women in student films and the continuing under-representation of women the culture of production — a critical echo of and expansion upon Michelle Citron’s and Ellen Seiter’s call in 1981.
- Digital distribution, participatory culture, and the transmedia documentary by Chuck Tryon
Explores the role of digital media reshaping the distribution, exhibition, and reception of documentary films.
- Claims to be heard: young self-expressivity, social change, and the Educational Video Center by Stephen Michael Charbonneau
A historical and critical overview of New York-based Educational Video Center, a leading youth media organization, and its auto-ethnographic work with disadvantaged communities.
- Ethics, politics and representation in Child of Mine, a television documentary on lesbian parenting by Lizzie Thynne
Re-interviewing her main character from a documentary on lesbian custody she made for UK Channel 4, Lizzie Thynne explores the ethics and politics of filming one’s own community for broadcast.
- Clips, clicks and climax: notes on the relocation and remediation of pornography by Julian Hanich
Moving-image pornography on the Internet has facilitated and intensified the masturbatory experience due to a double tendency toward privatization and individualization. This becomes particularly obvious when compared to the time when porn films were projected in theaters and consumed with other, mostly anonymous viewers.
- The excess of porn: response to Julian Hanich by Magnus Ullén
Considering the relation between pornography and different media is important, yes; but it will be difficult to historicize pornography without first historicizing the mode of reading that gave rise to the concept of porn in the nineteenth century.
- Back to the Golden Age by Thomas Waugh
This brief intervention in the current conversation about porn contextualizes the debate within the history of porn studies and Jump Cut’s contribution since the 1970s to a materialist-feminist understanding of sexual representation.
- Porn: it’s not just about sex anymore by Nina K. Martin
Porn’s shift to online and mobile device mediums has de-stigmatized the term to the point of banality, linking “porn” to non-sexualized notions of excess.
- Beyond porno chic by Jose B. Capino
Internet porn viewing and spectatorship at adult video arcades are more similar than we imagine.
- Pornography, technology, and masturbation: response to Julian Hanich by Peter Lehman
Society hysterically fears the dangers of pornography and masturbation while academia represses it, and that aspect of the historically complex interaction between media, technology and porn is lost in the process.
- Loin du Vietnam (1967), Joris Ivens and Left Bank documentary by Thomas Waugh
Far from Vietnam, the collective French film of 1967, produced in solidarity with the Vietnamese people under U.S. attack, is explored in relation to its historical context on three continents, to its coalitional politics and the solidarity genre in general, and to the forum it provided to one contributor, veteran communist filmmaker Joris Ivens.
- Re-conceiving Misconception: birth as a site of filmic experimentation by Roxanne Samer
This cultural history of Marjorie Keller’s birth film Misconception (1977) seeks to release the film from past dichotomizing interpretative binds with the hope of opening it up to further future interpretations, re-looking and better appreciation.
- Archaeology of flesh: history and body-memory in Taxidermia by Laszlo Strausz
As a grotesque body film with comic corporeal exaggerations, Taxidermia outlines a complex argument about 20th-century Hungarian history and historical memory.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the Beginning: a cultural critique of the Bush-Cheney Administration by Rod Buxton
Through a dark poetics of brutality and mayhem, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the Beginning explores the militarism and economic fallout that resulted from the political policies of the Bush-Cheney Administration.
- It takes a child to raze a village: demonizing youth rebellion by Andrew Scahill
When children attack! The child collective horror film presents a nightmare scenario of childhood in revolt — a revolution against systems of surveillance, control, and heterosexual kinship.
- Books on film sound review by Michael Chanan
Two books about film sound come at their subject from completely different angles.
• Mark Kerins, Beyond Dolby (Stereo), Cinema in the Digital Sound Age
• Andy Birtwistle, Cinesonica: Sounding Film and Video
- Iranian film opposing regimes of voyeurism review by Jyotika Virdi
Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema by Negar Mottahedeh
Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema is seen as a dynamic alternative to Hollywood’s dominant voyeurism codes, while its narratives are displaced allegories that circumvent the state’s modesty laws.
- Darwin at the movies by David Andrews and Christine Andrews
This review of Barbara Creed’s book Darwin’s Screens also examines the use of evolutionary ideas in the field of film studies.
- Star Trek’s allegorical monomyth review by Elspeth kydd
David Greven in Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek: Allegories of Desire in the Television Series and Films tackles complex issues within this large and elusive monomyth.
- Nobody’s baby review by Kirsten Pike
Babysitter: An American History by Miriam Forman-Brunell
The book examines girls’ domestic labor in the U.S. and also offers significant insight into the contradictory ways that girls are imagined, debated, and targeted by experts, advisors, and creators of popular culture.
- Sexual innocence and film: a look at scholarship on virginity review by Susan Ericsson
Virgin Territory: Representing Sexual Inexperience in Film, edited by Tamar Jeffers McDonald
How can virginity be depicted in fiction film and television beyond dialogue or narrative moments when the condition of virginity ends?
- Documentary studies: news from the front line review by Russell Campbell
Sociopolitical documentary comes under intensive scrutiny in a cluster of new books.
• Documentary: Witness and Self-Revelation by John Ellis
• Recording Reality, Desiring the Real by Elizabeth Cowie
• The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture by Belinda Smaill
• Intelligence Work: The Politics of American Documentary by Jonathan Kahana
• The Right to Play Oneself: Looking Back on Documentary Film by Thomas Waugh
- Documentary: intelligence and/or emotion? review by Chuck Kleinhans
• The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture by Belinda Smaill
• Intelligence Work: The Politics of American Documentary by Jonathan Kahana
- Crisis politics On crises and drastic neoliberal economic makeovers by the editors