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Jean Epstein

Corporeal cinema and film philosophy

By Christophe Wall-Romana

Jean Epstein
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  • ISBN: 9781784993481
  • Publish Date: Apr 2016
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  • Publish Date: May 2016
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    If cinema can be approached as poetry and philosophy, it is because of Jean Epstein. Cocteau, Bu√Īuel (who was his assistant), Hitchcock, Pasolini and Godard, and theoreticians Kracauer, Deleuze and Ranci√®re are directly influenced by Epstein's pioneering film work, writings, and concepts. This book is the first in English to examine his oeuvre comprehensively.

    An avant-garde artist and an anti-elitist intellectual, Epstein wanted to craft moments of pure transformative cinema. Using familiar genres - melodramas and documentaries - he hoped to heal viewers of all classes and hasten social utopia. A lover of cinema as cognitive and sensorial technology, and a poet of the screen, he pushed cinematography - as photogénie - towards the experimental sublime, through daring close-ups, rhythmic montage, slow motion, even reverse motion.

    Polish-born, half-Jewish, and the author of a treatise on homosexuality, Epstein has been unfairly relegated to the shadows of film history. This book restores him to the limelight of interwar world cinema, on a par with Renoir, Lang, Capra and Eisenstein.

    Contents

    Series Editors' Foreword
    Introduction: Epstein at the crossroads
    Chapter 1: From literary modernism to photogénie
    Chapter 2: Avant-garde working class melodramas
    Chapter 3: Technology, embodiment and homosexuality
    Chapter 4: Brittany, the edge of the modern world
    Chapter 5: Documentaries and sound films
    Chapter 6: 'A young Spinoza': philosophy of the cinema
    Conclusion: Epstein as pioneer of corporeal cinema
    Filmography
    Select Bibliography
    Index

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    Christophe Wall-Romana is Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian and Affiliated Faculty in Moving Image Studies at the University of Minnesota

    Jean Epstein

    By Christophe Wall-Romana

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