The Orientation of Future Cinema: Technology, Aesthetics, Spectacle by Bruce IsaacsThe Orientation of Future Cinema: Technology, Aesthetics, Spectacle by Bruce Isaacs

The Orientation of Future Cinema: Technology, Aesthetics, Spectacle

byBruce Isaacs

Paperback | August 28, 2014

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What is the fate of cinema in an age of new technologies, new aesthetic styles, new modes of cultural production and consumption? What becomes of cinema and a century-long history of the moving image when the theatre is outmoded as a social and aesthetic space, as celluloid gives over to digital technology, as the art-house and multiplex are overtaken by a proliferation of home entertainment systems? The Orientation of Future Cinema offers an ambitious and compelling argument for the continued life of cinema as image, narrative and experience. Commencing with Lumi¿re's Arrival of a Train at a Station, Bruce Isaacs confronts the threat of contemporary digital technologies and processes by returning to cinema's complex history as a technological and industrial phenomenon. The technology of moving images has profoundly changed; and yet cinema materialises ever more forcefully in digital capture and augmentation, 3-D perception and affect, High Frame Rate cinema, and the evolution of spectacle as the dominant aesthetic mode in contemporary studio production.
Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory.
Title:The Orientation of Future Cinema: Technology, Aesthetics, SpectacleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.05 × 6.05 × 0.86 inPublished:August 28, 2014Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1628924314

ISBN - 13:9781628924312

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Age of Late Cinema Chapter 1: What is Cinema? Chapter 2: The Question of Cinema Art: The Legitimacy of Film Style Chapter 3: The Effect of the Screen - The Synthetic Narrative - The Synthetic Image Part 2: High Concept Cinema: Image, Effect, Spectacle Chapter 4: Historicizing Concept Cinema: A Crisis in the Image Chapter 5: The Industrial Context of High Concept Production: Continuities and Discontinuities Chapter 6: Classical High Concept Aesthetics - A Case Study of Steven Spielberg and James Cameron - Incorporating Cinema: The Commoditization of the Image Part 3: Beyond Cinema: Reflections on a Future Chapter 7: New Technologies of the Image Chapter 8: The New Wave - Christopher Nolan - Michael Bay - Roland Emmerich Chapter 9: Future Modalities of the Image (The Paradox of High Concept 3-D Cinema) Chapter 10: The Orientation of Future Cinema

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The Orientation of Future Cinema offers a lucid, theoretically grounded aesthetic justification for the new media including popular 'high concept' cinema of spectacle and 3-D. Claiming that the digital image is understood as affective experience rather than representation, Bruce Isaacs takes a much-needed step toward providing a critical language for a media culture readily appreciated, manipulated and disseminated by today's generation.