Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image

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Reaktion Books, Mar 1, 2006 - Performing Arts - 216 pages
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Death 24x a Second is a fascinating exploration of the role new media technologies play in our experience of film. Addressing some of the key questions of film theory, spectatorship, and narrative, Laura Mulvey here argues that such technologies, including home DVD players, have fundamentally altered our relationship to the movies. 

According to Mulvey, new media technologies give viewers the ability to control both image and story, so that movies meant to be seen collectively and followed in a linear fashion may be manipulated to contain unexpected and even unintended pleasures. The individual frame, the projected film’s best-kept secret, can now be revealed by anyone who hits pause. Easy access to repetition, slow motion, and the freeze-frame, Mulvey argues, may shift the spectator’s pleasure to a fetishistic rather than a voyeuristic investment in film. 

By exploring how technology can give new life to old cinema, Death 24x a Second offers an original reevaluation of film’s history and its historical usefulness.
 

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This book is a profound and moving meditation on time, cinema and death. I find it very useful in my film work.

Contents

Preface
7
Narrative Movement Stilled
67
Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho i960
85
Roberto Rossellinis
104
Delaying Cinema
144
The Possessive Spectator
161
The Pensive Spectator
181
References
197
Bibliography
207
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About the author (2006)

Laura Mulvey is professor of film and media studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the author of a number of books, including Visual and Other Pleasures and Fetishism and Curiosity.

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