Art in the cinematic imagination

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University of Texas Press, 2006 - Performing Arts - 199 pages
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"An engaging interdisciplinary study.... Felleman's astute, insightful, very smart analyses forge a series of fascinating links."

—Brigitte Peucker, Professor of Film, Yale University

Bringing an art historical perspective to the realm of American and European film, Art in the Cinematic Imagination examines the ways in which films have used works of art and artists themselves as cinematic and narrative motifs. From the use of portraits in Vertigo to the cinematic depiction of women artists in Artemisia and Camille Claudel, Susan Felleman incorporates feminist and psychoanalytic criticism to reveal individual and collective perspectives on sex, gender, identity, commerce, and class.

Probing more than twenty films from the postwar era through contemporary times, Art in the Cinematic Imagination considers a range of structurally significant art objects, artist characters, and art-world settings to explore how the medium of film can amplify, reinvent, or recontextualize the other visual arts. Fluently speaking across disciplines, Felleman's study brings a broad array of methodologies to bear on questions such as the evolution of the "Hollywood Love Goddess" and the pairing of the feminine with death on screen.

A persuasive approach to an engaging body of films, Art in the Cinematic Imagination illuminates a compelling and significant facet of the cinematic experience.

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The Moving Picture Gallery
The Birth Death and Apotheosis of a Hollywood Love Goddess
Survivors of the Shipwreck of Modernity

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SUSAN FELLEMAN is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is also the author of Botticelli in Hollywood: The Films of Albert Lewin.

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