World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism by Lúcia NagibWorld Cinema and the Ethics of Realism by Lúcia Nagib

World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism

byLúcia Nagib

Paperback | January 20, 2011

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World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism is a highly original study. Traditional views of cinematic realism usually draw on the so-called classical cinema and its allegiance to narrative mimesis, but Nagib challenges this, drawing instead on the filmmaker's commitment to truth and to the film medium's material bond with the real.

Starting from the premise that world cinema's creative peaks are governed by an ethics of realism, Nagib conducts comparative case studies picked from world new waves, such as the Japanese New Wave, the French nouvelle vague, the Cinema Novo, the New German Cinema, the Russo-Cuban Revolutionary Cinema, the Portuguese self-performing auteur and the Inuit Indigenous Cinema. Drawing upon Badiou and Ranci¿re, World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism revisits and reformulates several fundamental concepts in film studies, such as illusionism, identification, apparatus, alienation effects, presentation and representation. Its groundbreaking scholarship takes film theory in a bold new direction.

L¿cia Nagib is Professor of Film and Director of the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures (CFAC) at the University of Reading. Her research has focused, among other subjects, on polycentric approaches to world cinema, new waves and new cinemas, cinematic realism and intermediality. She is the author of World Cinema and the Ethics of...
Title:World Cinema and the Ethics of RealismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6.04 × 0.7 inPublished:January 20, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



Part I - Physical Cinema

Chapter 1. The End of the Other
Physical Realism
The Missing Other
Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner
God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun (Black God, White Devil)
The 400 Blows

Chapter 2. The Immaterial Difference: Werner Herzog Revisited
The Excessive Body
Literal Difference
Physical Difference
Representational Difference

Part II - The Reality of the Medium

Chapter 3. Conceptual Realism in Land in Trance and I Am Cuba
Allegorical Real
Reality as Process: Trance in Land in Trance
Trance, Sexuality and the Christian Myth in I Am Cuba
Mimesis of the Principle
Concluding Remarks

Chapter 4. The Work of Art in Progress: An Analysis of Delicate Crime

Part III - The Ethics of Desire

Chapter 5. The Realm of the Senses, the Ethical Imperative and the Politics of Pleasure
Originality, Beauty and the Porn Genre
The Eroticized Nation
Sex in Red and White: Double Suicide
Anti-Realism and Artistic Real
The Participative Voyeur and the Eroticized Apparatus

Part IV - The Production of Reality

Chapter 6. Hara and Kobayashi's 'Private Documentaries'
Historical Time
Phenomenological Time
Active Subjects

Chapter 7. The Self-Performing Auteur: Ethics in Joao Cesar Monteiro
Ethics of the Impossible Real
God's Autobiography
The History Man


Editorial Reviews

The Ethics of Realism may be too tame a title for the rambunctious scholarship this book contains. L¿cia Nagib has a sharp eye for what, through her lens, become stupefying motifs and moments within films that she just as sharply cuts out of the vast herd of movies. You can sense her pleasure at relaying to us the cinematic power she has found in cast-off 'failures' like I am Cuba or that she resuscitates in films we thought we knew, such as The 400 Blows. Ultimately tying these to historical struggles of filmmakers and the societies they worked within, she does in fact make good on her title. This is a truly high-minded argument for cinema as the conscience of the past century. The films Nagib illuminates made and kept promises to the world they came from. This book honors the importance, not just the beauty of cinematic art. --Dudley Andrew, R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature, Yale University