Paris Hollywood: Writings on Film

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Verso, 2002 - Performing Arts - 314 pages
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In this new collection of essays on film, all written over the last ten years, Peter Wollen explores an extraordinarily wide range of topics, stretching from an analysis of 'Time in Film and Video Art' to a study of 'Riff-Raff Realism' in British films. There are provocative discussions of the works of established auteur directors such as Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock and of the film-making careers of such experimental movie-makers as William Burroughs and Viking Eggeling, the dadaist pioneer of abstract film. The collection also includes fascinating studies of a number of film classics, such as John Huston's Freud, Jean Renoir's Rules of the Game and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.

Other essays deal with the relationship of film to the other arts, such as dance and architecture, and explore the interaction between film and anthropology. This is not a theoretical book but it is one that suggests many new approaches to thinking about film and many unexpected connections between film studies and the history of such strangely  related activities as espionage, psychoanalysis, Stalinism, love of speed and digital technology. Full of fascinating new insights, Peter Wollen's new book is based on the premise that there are no fixed ways of writing about film but, rather, a plethora of paths leading in very different directions, each contributing to a new understanding of the twentieth century's major art-form.
 

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Peter Wollen is one of my favorite critical writers on film and the arts. Reading his book is best when you are at a bar or coffee shop, and you just get sort of drunk with this thoughts on particular ... Read full review

Contents

An Alphabet of Cinema
3
DIRECTORS AND FILMMAKERS
23
The Cinema of William Seward Burroughs
25
Viking Eggeling
39
Who the Hell Is Howard Hawks?
55
A Tale of Two Cities London and Los Angeles
66
JLG
74
Jean Rouch
93
An AngloAustrian Entanglement
134
Rules of the Game
149
The Last New Wave
164
RiffRaff Realism
183
Places and NonPlaces
199
The Canon
216
Time in Film and Video Art
233
Mismatches Acousmetres
242

FILMS AND MOVEMENTS
103
Freud as Adventurer
105
Blade Runner
123
Bock to the Future
255
Speed and the Cinema
264
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Peter Wollen was Chair of the Department of Film, Television and New Media at the University of California, Los Angeles. His other books include Paris/Hollywood: Writings on Film and Paris/Manhattan: Writings on Art.

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