Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image by Laura MulveyDeath 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image by Laura Mulvey

Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image

byLaura Mulvey

Paperback | March 1, 2006

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Death 24x a Second is a fascinating exploration of the role new media technologies play in our experience of film. Addressing some of the key questions of film theory, spectatorship, and narrative, Laura Mulvey here argues that such technologies, including home DVD players, have fundamentally altered our relationship to the movies. 

According to Mulvey, new media technologies give viewers the ability to control both image and story, so that movies meant to be seen collectively and followed in a linear fashion may be manipulated to contain unexpected and even unintended pleasures. The individual frame, the projected film’s best-kept secret, can now be revealed by anyone who hits pause. Easy access to repetition, slow motion, and the freeze-frame, Mulvey argues, may shift the spectator’s pleasure to a fetishistic rather than a voyeuristic investment in film. 

By exploring how technology can give new life to old cinema, Death 24x a Second offers an original reevaluation of film’s history and its historical usefulness.
Laura Mulvey is professor of film and media studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the author of a number of books, including Visual and Other Pleasures and Fetishism and Curiosity.
Title:Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving ImageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.4 × 0.6 inPublished:March 1, 2006Publisher:Reaktion BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1861892632

ISBN - 13:9781861892638

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Table of Contents

1. Passing Time
2. Uncertainty
3. The Index and the Uncanny: Life and Death in the Photograph
4. The Death Drive: Narrative Movement Stilled
5. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960)
6. Roberto Rossellini's Journey to Italy / Viaggio in Italia (1953)
7. Abbas Kiarostami: Cinema of Uncertainty, Cinema of Delay
8. Delaying Cinema
9. The Possessive Spectator
10. The Pensive Spectator

Editorial Reviews

"Refreshingly argued. . . . Mulvey's argument assers a new viewer-film relationship . . . This allows a newly-multi-dimensional understanding of 'the internal world of cinema.' Taken as a whole, the book effectively, if idealistically, essays this newly empowered gaze as a revolution in our knowledge of the increasingly important image world she says is equivalent to 19th-century photography transforming 'the human eye's perception of the world.'"