Picturing the Primitive: Visual Culture, Ethnography, And Early German Cinema by A. OksiloffPicturing the Primitive: Visual Culture, Ethnography, And Early German Cinema by A. Oksiloff

Picturing the Primitive: Visual Culture, Ethnography, And Early German Cinema

byA. Oksiloff

Paperback | May 30, 2002

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Picturing the Primitive explores the relationship between early German cinema and anthropology's fascination with "primitive" cultures. At the core of this study is a mythic first contact between the camera and the non-Western body. The term that binds the two is the 'Primitive', referring both to cultures ostensibly existing outside of modern time and also to a way of seeing the world via the lens. Oksiloff examines how the movie camera, with its capacity to record reality in a supposedly direct fashion, is legitimated by the primitive body in the first decades of the 20th century.
Assenka Oksiloff is Assistant Professor of German, New York University.
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Title:Picturing the Primitive: Visual Culture, Ethnography, And Early German CinemaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:May 30, 2002Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312293739

ISBN - 13:9780312293734

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The Body as Artifact: Early Cinema and Ethnography * The Evolution of Vision * Paradise Lost: Adventure and Colonialist Films of the 1910s and 1920s * Leo Frobenius and Kino-Vision * Primal Screen: Early Film Theory and Ethnography * Primitive Modernism: Hofmannsthal's Cinematic Aesthetics * Ethnotopia: F.W. Murnau's Tabu