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Cinematic Flashes challenges popular notions of a uniform Hollywood style by disclosing uncanny networks of incongruities, coincidences, and contingencies at the margins of the cinematic frame.
In an agile demonstration of "cinephiliac" historiography, Rashna Wadia Richards extracts intriguing film fragments from their seemingly ordinary narratives in order to explore what these unexpected moments reveal about the studio era. Inspired by Walter Benjamin's preference for studying cultural fragments rather than composing grand narratives, this unorthodox history of the films of the studio system reveals how classical Hollywood emerges as a disjointed network of accidents, excesses, and coincidences.

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Title
Cinematic flashes - cinephilia and classical Hollywood
Author
Rashna Wadia Richards
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Indiana University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20121228

Cinematic Flashes challenges popular notions of a uniform Hollywood style by disclosing uncanny networks of incongruities, coincidences, and contingencies at the margins of the cinematic frame.
In an agile demonstration of "cinephiliac" historiography, Rashna Wadia Richards extracts intriguing film fragments from their seemingly ordinary narratives in order to explore what these unexpected moments reveal about the studio era. Inspired by Walter Benjamin's preference for studying cultural fragments rather than composing grand narratives, this unorthodox history of the films of the studio system reveals how classical Hollywood emerges as a disjointed network of accidents, excesses, and coincidences.

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Rashna Wadia Richards is Associate Professor and T. K. Young Chair of English at Rhodes College.

Rashan Wadia Richards's Cinematic Flashes: Cinephilia and Classical Hollywood both treats and is itself the product of the author's cinephilia, that fervent, devotional, sometimes rabid love for movies once professed by critics such as Susan Sontag and the New Wave devotees of Cahiers du cinema. As Richards traces, this cinephiliac passion was to be suppressed by the sober film theorists of the 1970s, who argues the necessity of destroying cinematic pleasure in order to understand its mechanisms. In recent years, cinephilia has experienced something of a revival, due no doubt to the technological tools that have enabled a new generation of scholars and critics to access vast archives of film material.10th October 2013


Times Literary Supplement

[S]ophisitcated readers will be rewarded with a fresh take on a familiar subject. . . . Recommended.


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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Motion pictures - United States - History - 20th century.|Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - History - 20th century.
Country of Publication
Indiana
Number of Pages
xi, 262

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