Virtual Life of Film

ISBN-10: 0674026985

ISBN-13: 9780674026988

Edition: 2007

Authors: D. N. Rodowick

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As almost (or, truly, virtually) every aspect of making and viewing movies is replaced by digital technologies, even the notion of "watching a film" is fast becoming an anachronism. With the likely disappearance of celluloid film stock as a medium, and the emergence of new media competing for an audience, what will happen to cinema--and to cinema studies? In the first of two books exploring this question, D. N. Rodowick considers the fate of film and its role in the aesthetics and culture of moviemaking and viewing in the twenty-first century. Here Rodowick proposes and examines three different critical responses to the disappearance of film in relation to other time-based media, and to the study of contemporary visual culture. Film, he suggests, occupies a special place in the genealogy of the arts of the virtual: while film disappears, cinema persists--at least in the narrative forms imagined by Hollywood since 1915. Rodowick also observes that most so-called "new media" are fashioned upon a cinematic metaphor. His book helps us see how digital technologies are serving, like television and video before them, to perpetuate the cinematic as the mature audiovisual culture of the twentieth century--and, at the same time, how they are preparing the emergence of a new audiovisual culture whose broad outlines we are only just beginning to distinguish.
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List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

D. N. Rodowick is Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.

The Virtual Life of Film
The Incredible Shrinking Medium
Back to the Future
What was Cinema?
Film Begets Video
The Death of Cinema and the Birth of Film Studies
A Medium in All Things
Automatisms and Art
Automatism and Photography
Succession and the Film Strip
Ways of Worldmaking
A World Past
An Ethics of Time
A New Landscape (Without Image)
An Elegy for Film
The New "Media"
Paradoxes of Perceptual Realism
Real Is as Real Does
Lost in Translation: Analogy and Index Revisited
Simulation, or Automatism as Algorithm
An Image That Is Not "One"
Two Futures for Electronic Images, or What Comes after Photography?
The Digital Event
Transcoded Ontologies, or "A Guess at the Riddle"
Old and New, or the (Virtual) Renascence of Cinema Studies
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