Screening the Unwatchable: Spaces of negotiation in post-millennial art cinema

Screening the Unwatchable: Spaces of negotiation in post-millennial art cinema
Library Shelf Location 30.GRON
Publication Date 2011
Description Screening the Unwatchable traces the rise of extreme art cinema across a range of films from Lars von Trier's The Idiots to Michael Haneke's Caché. Reviving the debate about the role of negation and aesthetics, the book argues that the recent turn in contemporary art cinema toward transgressive subjects provides a unique opportunity to reframe the concept of spectatorship in ethical terms. A key insight offered is that the gravitation toward previously taboo topics betrays an attempt to portray issues involving the body, sexuality and gender in a more truthful manner. At the same time, these films also seem to push the limits of representation to an unprecedented level, provoking feelings of discomfort and disorientation in the spectator. Asbjørn Grønstad explains why such disturbing experiences may still convey values essential to our shared visual culture. Contents: List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Against Commodification: Unwatchable Cinema and the Question of Ethics Entropic Cinema, or: Trouble Every Day Bodies, Landscapes and the Tropology of Inertia Spaces of Impropriety The Metapornographic Imagination Be Here to See This: Haneke's Intrusive Images Postscript Selected Filmography Endnotes Bibliography Index
ISBN 9780230248946
Quantity 1
Pages 232
Author Asbjørn Grønstad
Format Hardback
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
Category Film and Artists' Moving Image
Keyword Cinema
Language English

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