Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees

Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees

Christian M. Keathley
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/24/2005
Format: Paperback 13 b&w photos, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21795-0
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Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees is in part a history of cinephilia, in part an attempt to recapture the spirit of cinephilia for the discipline of film studies, and in part an experiment in cinephilic writing.

Cinephiles have regularly fetishized contingent, marginal details in the motion picture image: the gesture of a hand, the wind in the trees. Christian Keathley demonstrates that the spectatorial tendency that produces such cinematic encounters—a viewing practice marked by a drift in visual attention away from the primary visual elements on display—in fact has clear links to the origins of film as defined by André Bazin, Roland Barthes, and others. Keathley explores the implications of this ontology and proposes the "cinephiliac anecdote" as a new type of criticism, a method of historical writing that both imitates and extends the experience of these fugitive moments.

Author Bio

Christian Keathley is Assistant Professor in the Film & Media Culture Program at Middlebury College, Vermont. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. The Desire for Cinema
2. The Cinephiliac Moment and Panoramic Perception
3. André Bazin and the Revelatory Potential of Cinema
4. Cahiers du Cinéma and the Way of Looking
5. Film and the Limits of History
6. A Cinephiliac History
7. Five Cinephiliac Anecdotes