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By Jacques Ranciere By Jacques Ranciere
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Description: In Film Fables Jacques Ranciere turns his critical eye to the history of modern cinema. Combining an extraordinary breadth of analysis with an attentiveness to detail born from an obvious love of cinema, Ranciere shows us new ways of looking at and interpreting film. His analysis moves effortlessly from Eisenstein's and Murnau's transition from theatre to film to Fritz Lang's confrontation with television, from the classical poetics of Mann's Westerns to Ray's romantic poetics of the image, from Rossellini's neo-realism to Deleuze's philosophy of the cinema. The book also includes extended commentaries on the work of Hitchcock, Godard, Vertov and Bergman. Film Fables is essential reading for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of the power and complexity of the cinematic form and it's rich history.

Review: A compelling study that will leave an enduring mark on film and media studies. Tom Conley, Harvard University, USA A remarkable and beautiful book which, with immense elegance, sets aside the difficulties of film theory to recreate a liberating, critical and poetic history of cinema. Adrian Rifkin, Professor of Visual Culture Media, Middlesex University, UK, and Editor of the Art History journal An important exploration of the tensions, ruptures and continuities that complicate the twists and folds of the history of cinema. Geoffrey Whitehall, Theory & Event What really sets the book apart is Ranciere's gifts as a writer and fine-grain critic... The wide-ranging analyses emerge out of a truly intimate knowledge of the films, expressed with loving attention to the most minute of formal details--a hesitant gesture, a recurring sound, a glimmer of light. Like all the best books by philosophers on cinema, Ranciere encourages us at once to think and to see these images anew. Paul Fileri in Film Comment

Contents: Translator's Preface Prologue: A Thwarted Fable Part I: FABLES OF THE VISIBLE Between the age of the theater and the television age 1. Eisenstein's Madness 2. A Silent Tartuffe 3. From One Manhunt to Another: Fritz Lang Between Two Ages 4. The Child Director Part II: CLASSICAL NARRATIVE, ROMANTIC NARRATIVE 5. Some Things To Do: The Poetics of Anthony Mann 6. The Missing Shot: The Poetics of Nicholas Ray Part III: IF THERE IS A CINEMATOGRAPHIC MODERNITY 7. From One Image to Another? Deleuze and the Ages of Cinema 8. Falling Bodies: Rossellini's Physics 9. The Red of La Chinoise: Godard's Politics Part IV: FABLES OF THE CINEMA, (HI)STORIES OF A CENTURY 10. Documentary Fiction: Marker and the Fiction of Memory 11. A Fable Without a Moral: Godard, Cinema, (Hi)stories Index

Author Biography: Jacques Ranciere taught at the University of Paris VIII, France, from 1969 to 2000, occupying the Chair of Aesthetics and Politics from 1990 until his retirement.

Description: In Film Fables Jacques Ranciere turns his critical eye to the history of modern cinema. Combining an extraordinary breadth of analysis with an attentiveness to detail born from an obvious love of cinema, Ranciere shows us new ways of looking at and interpreting film. His analysis moves effortlessly from Eisenstein's and Murnau's transition from theatre to film to Fritz Lang's confrontation with television, from the classical poetics of Mann's Westerns to Ray's romantic poetics of the image, from Rossellini's neo-realism to Deleuze's philosophy of the cinema. The book also includes extended commentaries on the work of Hitchcock, Godard, Vertov and Bergman. Film Fables is essential reading for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of the power and complexity of the cinematic form and it's rich history.

Review: A compelling study that will leave an enduring mark on film and media studies. Tom Conley, Harvard University, USA A remarkable and beautiful book which, with immense elegance, sets aside the difficulties of film theory to recreate a liberating, critical and poetic history of cinema. Adrian Rifkin, Professor of Visual Culture Media, Middlesex University, UK, and Editor of the Art History journal An important exploration of the tensions, ruptures and continuities that complicate the twists and folds of the history of cinema. Geoffrey Whitehall, Theory & Event What really sets the book apart is Ranciere's gifts as a writer and fine-grain critic... The wide-ranging analyses emerge out of a truly intimate knowledge of the films, expressed with loving attention to the most minute of formal details--a hesitant gesture, a recurring sound, a glimmer of light. Like all the best books by philosophers on cinema, Ranciere encourages us at once to think and to see these images anew. Paul Fileri in Film Comment

Contents: Translator's Preface Prologue: A Thwarted Fable Part I: FABLES OF THE VISIBLE Between the age of the theater and the television age 1. Eisenstein's Madness 2. A Silent Tartuffe 3. From One Manhunt to Another: Fritz Lang Between Two Ages 4. The Child Director Part II: CLASSICAL NARRATIVE, ROMANTIC NARRATIVE 5. Some Things To Do: The Poetics of Anthony Mann 6. The Missing Shot: The Poetics of Nicholas Ray Part III: IF THERE IS A CINEMATOGRAPHIC MODERNITY 7. From One Image to Another? Deleuze and the Ages of Cinema 8. Falling Bodies: Rossellini's Physics 9. The Red of La Chinoise: Godard's Politics Part IV: FABLES OF THE CINEMA, (HI)STORIES OF A CENTURY 10. Documentary Fiction: Marker and the Fiction of Memory 11. A Fable Without a Moral: Godard, Cinema, (Hi)stories Index

Author Biography: Jacques Ranciere taught at the University of Paris VIII, France, from 1969 to 2000, occupying the Chair of Aesthetics and Politics from 1990 until his retirement.

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SKU 9781474270809
Author(s) Ranciere, Jacques
Publisher(s) Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
Original publication date 25 Feb 2016
Number of pages 208

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