Cinema against Spectacle

"Technique and Ideology" Revisited

Jean-Louis Comolli

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 Will Publish February 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.
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