Locating the Moving Image

Locating the Moving Image

New Approaches to Film and Place
Edited by Julia Hallam and Les Roberts
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/07/2013
Format: Paperback 40 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01105-3
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Leading scholars in the interdisciplinary field of geo-spatial visual studies examine the social experience of cinema and the different ways in which film production developed as a commercial enterprise, as a leisure activity, and as modes of expression and communication. Their research charts new pathways in mapping the relationship between film production and local film practices, theatrical exhibition circuits and cinema going, creating new forms of spatial anthropology. Topics include cinematic practices in rural and urban communities, development of cinema by amateur filmmakers, and use of GIS in mapping the spatial development of film production and cinema going as social practices.

Author Bio

Julia Hallam and Les Roberts teach at the School of the Arts, University of Liverpool. Hallam and Roberts have worked together on two projects exploring the relationship between film and the city, City in Film: Liverpool's Urban Landscape and the Moving Image and Mapping the City in Film: A Geo-Historical Analysis.


“This collection breaks new ground for cinema history. Hallam and Roberts have gathered some of the foremost scholars who are mapping spatial histories of the moving image and the geographies of film production, distribution and consumption. Introducing new interdisciplinary methods and asking new questions, Locating the Moving Image takes film studies into new territory, beyond the boundaries of the text and its interpretation, towards an understanding of the relationship between culture, spatiality and place. ”
 — Richard Maltby, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Screen Studies, Flinders University

“Introduces some of the concrete ways practical mapping and GIS technologies help elaborate historical film projects. . . . The scope of many of these projects is breathtaking in scale. . . . Others embrace ethnographic methods that tell poignant individual stories. Still others deftly merge qualitative and quantitative approaches. . . . As a whole, the volume brings together disparate fields of study in interesting ways.”
 — James Craine, California State University, Northridge

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Table of Contents

1. Film and Spatiality: Outline of a New Empiricism
Les Roberts and Julia Hallam
2. Getting to "Going to the Show"
Robert C. Allen
3. Space, Place and the Female Film Exhibitor: The Transformation of Cinema in Small Town New Hampshire during the 1910s
Jeffrey Klenotic
4. Mapping Film Exhibition in Flanders (1920-1990): A Diachronic Analysis of Cinema Culture Combined with Demographic and Geographic Data
Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers
5. Mapping the Ill-disciplined? Spatial Analyses and Historical Change in the Post-War Film Industry
Deb Verhoeven and Colin Arrowsmith
6. Mapping Film Audiences in Multicultural Canada: Examples from the Cybercartographic Atlas of Canadian Cinema
Sébastien Caquard, Daniel Naud, and Benjamin Wright
7. The Geography of Film Production in Italy: a Spatial Analysis Using GIS
Eliza Ravazzoli
8. Mapping the "City" Film 1930-1980
Julia Hallam
9. Retracing the Local: Amateur Cine Culture and Oral Histories
Ryan Shand
10. Beyond the Boundary: Vernacular Mapping and the Sharing of Historical Authority
Kate Bowles
11. Afterword: Towards a Spatial History of the Moving-Image
Julia Hallam and Les Roberts

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