Poetics of Cinema, Volume 1

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Distributed Art Pub Incorporated, 1995 - Performing Arts - 128 pages
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Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz is the author of some 100 feature-length films, along with numerous plays and multi-media installations. In Poetics of Cinema, Ruiz takes a fresh approach to the major themes haunting our audio-visual civilization: the filmic unconscious, questions of utopia, the inter-contamination of images, the art of the copy, the relations between artistic practices and institutions. Based on a series of lectures given recently at Duke University in North Carolina, Poetics of Cinemadevelops an acerbically witty critique of the reigning codes of cinematographic narration, principally derived from the dramatic theories set forth by Aristotle's Poeticsand characterized by Ruiz as the "central-conflict theory." Ruiz's impressive knowledge of theology, philosophy, literature and the visual arts never outstrips his powerful imagination. Poetics of Cinemanot only offers a singularly pertinent analysis of the seventh art, but also shows us an entirely new way of writing and thinking about images.

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User Review  - M. - Goodreads

Ruiz is a genius, and he knows the future (the past and the present) of cinema. He has planted himself on my shelf of idols. Read full review

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User Review  - Zadignose - Goodreads

This book may have infinite potential for idea mining. It's extremely idea dense at the same time that it is obscure and mysterious to such a degree that I think no one can completely comprehend it ... Read full review


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