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The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses

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Memories that evoke the physical awareness of touch, smell, and bodily presence can be vital links to home for people living in diaspora from their culture of origin. How can filmmakers working between cultures use cinema, a visual medium, to transmit that physical sense of place and culture? In The Skin of the Film Laura U. Marks offers an answer, building on the theories of Gilles Deleuze and others to explain how and why intercultural cinema represents embodied experience in a postcolonial, transnational world.

Much of intercultural cinema, Marks argues, has its origin in silence, in the gaps left by recorded history. Filmmakers seeking to represent their native cultures have had to develop new forms of cinematic expression. Marks offers a theory of “haptic visuality”—a visuality that functions like the sense of touch by triggering physical memories of smell, touch, and taste—to explain the newfound ways in which intercultural cinema engages the viewer bodily to convey cultural experience and memory. Using close to two hundred examples of intercultural film and video, she shows how the image allows viewers to experience cinema as a physical and multisensory embodiment of culture, not just as a visual representation of experience. Finally, this book offers a guide to many hard-to-find works of independent film and video made by Third World diasporic filmmakers now living in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.

The Skin of the Film draws on phenomenology, postcolonial and feminist theory, anthropology, and cognitive science. It will be essential reading for those interested in film theory, experimental cinema, the experience of diaspora, and the role of the sensuous in culture.

Synopsis:

Laura U. Marks is an independent critic and curator, as well as Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Table of Contents

The memory of images — The memory of things — The memory of touch — The memory of the senses — Conclusion: The portable sensorium.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822381372
Subtitle:
Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Marks, Laura U.
Subject:
Developing countries
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Deleuze, Gilles
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Developing countries.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
298

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Arts and Entertainment » Drama » General
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism
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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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