Slow Movies: Countering the Cinema of Action by Ira Jaffe

Slow Movies: Countering the Cinema of Action

byIra Jaffe

Paperback | March 25, 2014

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"In all film there is the desire to capture the motion of life, to refuse immobility," Agnes Varda has noted. But to capture the reality of human experience, cinema must fasten on stillness and inaction as much as motion. Slow Movies investigates movies by acclaimed international directors who in the past three decades have challenged mainstream cinema''s reliance on motion and action. More than other realist art cinema, slow movies by Lisandro Alonso, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pedro Costa, Jia Zhang-ke, Abbas Kiarostami, Cristian Mungiu, Alexander Sokurov, Bela Tarr, Gus Van Sant and others radically adhere to space-times in which emotion is repressed along with motion; editing and dialogue yield to stasis and contemplation; action surrenders to emptiness if not death.

Ira Jaffe is founder and former chair of the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico. He is author of Hollywood Hybrids: Mixing Genres in Contemporary Films (2008) and co-editor of Redirecting the Gaze: Gender, Theory and Cinema in the Third World (1999).
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Title:Slow Movies: Countering the Cinema of ActionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionDeadpan: Stranger Than Paradise, Deadman and The Second CircleStillness: Elephant and Mother and SonLong Shot: Distant and ClimatesWait Time: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and SafeDrift and Resistance: Liverpool and OssosDeath-Drive, Life-Drive: A Talking Picture, Taste of Cherry, Five Dedicated to Ozu and Still LifeRebellion''s Limits: The Turin Horse, Werckmeister Harmonies and 12:08 East of BucharestNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

Superb... A brilliant writer, Jaffe deftly... [gives] the reader a window into a much wider world of cinema. Yet another excellent film book from Wallflower Press... commands the reader''s attention.