BOOKS RECEIVED: Philip Cavendish, “The Men with the Movie Camera: The Poetics of Visual Style in Soviet Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1920s” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Unlike previous studies of the Soviet avant-garde during the silent era, which have regarded the works of the period as manifestations of directorial vision, this study emphasizes the collaborative principle at the heart of avant-garde filmmaking units and draws attention… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Toril Jennsen, “Behind the Eye: Reflexive Methods in Culture Studies, Ethnographic Film, and Visual Media” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
How is film used in research, and what are the implications of using audio-visual material in the development of scientific knowledge? This book confronts the strategies and challenges of using film in research contexts with a focus on the concept… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Keyan Tomaselli, “Appropriating Images: The Semiotics of Visual Representation” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
Keyan Tomaselli forcefully underlines the relevance of a semiotic approach to visual representations. Using a large number of filmic examples the book convincingly covers the terrain of semiotic theory, the history of ethnographic film-making and theories of visual anthropology, visual… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Frank B. Wilderson, “Red, White and Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms” (Duke UP, 2010)
Red, White & Black is a provocative critique of socially engaged films and related critical discourse. Offering an unflinching account of race and representation, Frank B. Wilderson III asks whether such films accurately represent the structure of U.S. racial antagonisms.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Peter Pepe and Joseph W. Zarzynski, “Documentary Filmmaking for Archaeologists” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
Documentary filmmaker Peter Pepe and historical archaeologist Joseph W. Zarzynski provide a concise guide to filmmaking designed to help archaeologists navigate the unfamiliar world of documentary film. They offer a step-by-step description of the process of making a documentary, everything… Read More
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