Jean Epstein

Critical Essays and New Translations

Edited by Sarah Keller and Jason N. Paul

Jean Epstein

Edited by Sarah Keller and Jason N. Paul

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

439 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089642929 Published July 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Although early film buffs may be familiar with Jean Epstein’s films, including an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, not many Anglophones are acquainted with his poetic and provocative prose. Gathered in this wide-ranging collection are new translations into English of every major theoretical work on film theory Epstein ever published, as well a series of essays by other film makers and scholars of art history, French studies, and film, which provide incisive commentary and essential context for Epstein as both a director and a theoretician. As a result, Jean Epstein: Critical Essays and New Translations provides an expansive account of the artist and the man, from his beginnings as a student of biology and aspiring poet to his late film projects and posthumously published writings. By both connecting Epstein to his era and offering contemporary criticism of his films, the essays in this book demonstrate his ongoing importance in film history and theory. This collection is a timely reexamination of a filmmaker and author who has much to offer modern audiences and readers.

      Tom Gunning
      Sarah Keller

Epstein’s Photogénie as Corporeal Vision: Inner Sensation, Queer Embodiment, and Ethics
      Christophe Wall-Romana
Novelty and Poiesis in the Early Writings of Jean Epstein
     Stuart Liebman
The Cinema of the Kaleidoscope
      Katie Kirtland
Distance Is [Im]material: Epstein Versus Etna
      Jennifer Wild
"The Supremacy of the Mathematical Poem": Jean Epstein’s Conceptions of Rhythm
      Laurent Guido
The "Microscope of Time": Slow Motion in Jean Epstein’s Writings
      Ludovic Cortade
A Different Nature
      Rachel Moore
Cinema Seen from the Seas: Epstein and the Oceanic
      James Schneider
A Temporal Perspective: Jean Epstein’s Writings on Technology and Subjectivity
      Trond Lundemo
Ultra-Modern: Jean Epstein, or Cinema "Serving the Forces of Transgression and Revolt"
      Nicole Brenez
Thoughts on PhotogéniePlastique
      Érik Bullot
Introduction: Epstein’s Writings
La Poésie d’aujourd’hui, un nouvel état d’intelligence (1921)
      Sarah Keller
    Cinema and Modern Literature
Bonjour Cinéma (1921)
      Sarah Keller
    Continuous Screenings
La Lyrosophie (1922)
      Katie Kirtland
    Excerpts from La Lyrosophie
Le Cinématographe vu de l’Etna (1926)
      Stuart Liebman
    The Cinema Seen from Etna
    On Certain Characteristics of Photogénie
    Langue d’Or
    The Photogenic Element
    For a New Avant-Garde
    Amour de Charlot
    Amour de Sessue
L’Intelligence d’une machine (1946)
      Trond Lundemo
    Excerpts from L’Intelligence d’une machine
Le Cinéma du diable (1947)
      Ludovic Cortade
    To a Second Reality, a Second Reason
Later Works
Introduction to Espirit de cinéma and Alcool et Cinéma
      Christophe Wall-Romana
Espirit de cinéma
    The Logic of Images
    Rapidity and Fatigue of the Homo spectatoris
    Ciné-analysis, or Poetry in an Industrial Quantity
    Dramaturgy in Space
    Dramaturgy in Time
    Visual Fabric
    Pure Cinema and Sound Film
    Seeing and Hearing Thought
    The Counterpoint of Sound
    The Close-up of Sound
    The Delirium of a Machine
Late Articles
    The Slow Motion of Sound
    The Fluid World of the Screen
Alcool et cinéma
    Logic and Fluidity
    Logic of Variable Time
Afterword: Reclaiming Jean Epstein
      Richard Abel

Select Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index of Names
Index of Films and Major Writings by Jean Epstein
Index of Films
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