Heralding the digital era of cinema as a return to its roots as a crossroads of other media and cultural practices, André Gaudreault and Philippe Marion challenge the prognosis that cinema is dying, arguing that cinema has always been more an "evolving patchwork of federated cultural series" than a static form with a fixed identity. In a discussion ranging from early cinema, of which today's media landscape a century later is an eerie reflection, to opera films in local movie theatres to the "return of cinema's repressed" – animation, and now performance capture – The Kinematic Turn: Film in the Digital Era and its Ten Problems lays out a roadmap for negotiating the issues that will confront cinema in the years ahead as it increasingly mingles with other media. In the process the authors coin another neologism in their extensive repertoire, the "kinematic," or the shift from the medium cinema to a convergence of moving image media, one that will engender a major "turn" in study of the field. This expanded second edition includes a lengthy interview with the authors on the developments in their thinking since this volume was first published.
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An Interview with the Authors
Gaudreault and Marion engage such difficult issues of history, theory and philosophy as whether cinema has an essential nature – an anima – and whether film presentations are recordings, archives or performances that transcend their photochemical or digital traces. In its deceptively few but idea-packed pages, The Kinematic Turn provides a concise handbook that will provoke students, teachers, film specialists and anyone else who thinks deeply about contemporary media cultures. They will become informed, intrigued, swayed, outraged and fully absorbed in these arguments.~Donald Crafton, Author of Shadow of a Mouse: Performance, Belief, and World-Making in Animation