Cinema against Spectacle

"Technique and Ideology" Revisited

Jean-Louis Comolli

Cinema against Spectacle

Jean-Louis Comolli

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

Translated and Introduced by Daniel Fairfax

305 pages | 35 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089645548 Published October 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Jean-Louis Comolli’s six-part essay “Technique and Ideology” had a revolutionary effect on film theory and history when it first appeared in Cahiers du Cinéma in 1971. In 2009, Comolli revisited his earlier text, arguing that the present age, marked by the total dominance of media-filtered spectacle over image production, makes the need for an “emancipated, critical spectator” more pressing than ever. This volume brings together annotated translations of these two texts to provide an overview of Comolli’s activity as both a theorist and a filmmaker.
Contents
Preface
Philip Rosen
Introduction
Daniel Fairfax
 
Cinema against Spectacle
Introduction
Cinema against Spectacle
I. Opening the Window?
II. Inventing the Cinema?
III. Filming the Disaster?
IV. Cutting the Figure?
V. Changing the Spectator?
 
Technique and Ideology: Camera, Perspective, Depth of Field
Introduction
I. On a Dual Origin
The ideological place of the “base apparatus”
Birth = deferral: The invention of the cinema
II. Depth of Field: The Double Scene
Bazin’s “surplus realism”
The work of “transparency”
For a materialist history of the cinema
“For the first time...”
III. “Primitive” Depth of Field
IV. Effacement of Depth/Advent of Speech
V. Which Speech?
 
Appendix I: Cinema/Ideology/Criticism
Appendix II: Machines of the Visible
Glossary of Terms
Publication History
Filmography
Bibliography
Translator’s Notes
Index
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