Cinema and Landscape

Edited by Graeme Harper and Jonathan Rayner

Edited by Graeme Harper and Jonathan Rayner

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

315 pages | 15 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841503097 Published June 2010

The notion of landscape is a complex one, but it has been central to the art and artistry of the cinema. After all, what is the French New Wave without Paris? What are the films of Sidney Lumet, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, and Spike Lee without New York? Cinema and Landscape frames contemporary film landscapes across the world, in an exploration of screen aesthetics and national ideology, film form and cultural geography, cinematic representation and the human environment. Written by well-known cinema scholars, this volume both extends the existing field of film studies and stakes claims to overlapping, contested territories in the humanities and social sciences.



David Desser




Chapter 1:             Introduction -  Cinema and Landscape

Graeme Harper, Bangor University and Jonathan Rayner, University of Sheffield


Part I: The Invention of the Cinematic Landscape


Chapter 2:      Landscape and the Fantasy of Moving Pictures: Early Cinema’s Phantom Rides

Tom Gunning, University of Chicago


Part II: Mapping Cinematic Landscapes


Chapter 3:      ‘One Foot in the Air?’ Landscape in the Soviet and Russian Road Movie

Emma Widdis, University of Cambridge


Chapter 4:      Landscape of the Mind: The Indifferent Earth in Werner Herzog’s Films

Brad Prager, University of Missouri


Chapter 5:      Visions of Italy: The Sublime, the Postmodern and the Apocalyptic

William Hope, Salford University


Chapter 6:      Landscape in Spanish Cinema

Marvin D’Lugo, Clark University


Chapter 7:      Landscape and Irish Cinema

Martin McLoone, University of Ulster


Chapter 8:      The Ownership of Woods and Water: Landscapes in British Cinema 1930-1960

Sue Harper, University of Portsmouth


Chapter 9:      Filming the (Post-)Colonial Landscape: Claire Denis’ Chocolat (1988) and Beau travail (1998)

Susan Hayward, University of Exeter


Chapter 10:    Landscaping the Revolution: The Political and Social Geography of Cuba Reflected in its Cinema

Bob Britton, University of Sheffield


Chapter 11:    Landscapes of Meaning in Cinema: Two Indian Examples

Wimal Dissanayake, University of Hawaii


Chapter 12:    The Geography of Cinema - Zimbabwe

Martin Mhando, Murdoch University


Chapter 13:    Crises, Economy and Landscape: The Modern Film Face of New China

Kate Taylor, Bangor University


Chapter 14:    Japanese Cinema and Landscape

Paul Spicer, University of Portsmouth


Chapter 15:    A Version of Beauty and Terror: Australian Cinematic Landscapes

Graeme Harper, Bangor University


Chapter 16:    Battlefields of Vision: New Zealand Filmscapes

Jonathan Rayner, University of Sheffield


Chapter 17:    The Landscapes of Canada’s Features: Articulating Nation and Nature

Jim Leach, Brock University


Chapter 18:    Science Fiction/Fantasy Films, Fairy Tales and Control: Landscape Stereotypes on a Wilderness to Ultra-urban Continuum

Christina Kennedy, Tiánna and Mélisa Kennedy, Northern Arizona University





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