The End of Cinema? - Andr Gaudreault



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The End of Cinema? - A Medium in Crisis in the Digital Age
Andr Gaudreault
Paperback / softback
Columbia University Press
UK Publication Date

Is a film watched on a video screen still cinema? Have digital compositing, motion capture, and other advanced technologies remade or obliterated the craft? Rooted in their hypothesis of the "double birth of media," Andr Gaudreault and Philippe Marion take a positive look at cinema's ongoing digital revolution and reaffirm its central place in a rapidly expanding media landscape.The authors begin with an overview of the extreme positions held by opposing camps in the debate over cinema: the "digitalphobes" who lament the implosion of cinema and the "digitalphiles" who celebrate its new, vital incarnation. Throughout, they remind readers that cinema has never been a static medium but a series of processes and transformations powering a dynamic art. From their perspective, the digital revolution is the eighth major crisis in the history of motion pictures, with more disruptions to come. Brokering a peace among all sides, Gaudreault and Marion emphasize the cultural practice of cinema over rigid claims on its identity, moving toward a common conception of cinema to better understand where it is headed next.

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Andr Gaudreault is a professor in the department of art history and cinema studies at the Universit de Montral, where he is director of GRAFICS and director of the journal Cinmas. His books include From Plato to Lumire: Narration and Monstration in Literature and Cinema; Film and Attraction: From Kinematography to Cinema; American Cinema, 1890-1909: Themes and Variations; and A Companion to Early Cinema.

Philippe Marion is a professor at the Universit catholique de Louvain. His research focuses on the fields of media narratology and the comparative analysis of media and media discourses. His books include Traces en cases: travail graphique, figuration narrative et participation du lecteur; L'Anne des mdias 1996, L'Anne des mdias 1997 and L'Anne des mdias 1998; and Schuiten filiation.

Anyone involved in the debates surrounding the shift from 35mm film stock to digital production practices and exhibition formats will need to confront Andr Gaudreault and Philippe Marion's arguments. A provocative and timely book, the authors remind viewers that the 'cinema' has never been a static technology.
Richard Neupert, University of Georgia

Gaudreault and Marion make a nuanced argument for rethinking the very nature and impact of the digital revolution on cinema. Their book is an unusually thorough and balanced analysis. It should be required reading.
Richard Abel, University of Michigan

Readable and refreshingly entertaining.Times Higher Education
Times Higher Education - Philip Kemp

This thought-provoking volume... will appeal mostly to scholars and serious students of film.

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