Uncanny Cinema Agonies of the Viewing Experience

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Publisher's Synopsis

Murray Pomerance's latest book explores an encyclopedic range of films and television shows to demonstrate the difficulty of conveying the experience of viewing cinema through words and the medium of text. From On the Waterfront to Marriage Story, Uncanny Cinema illuminates that words and writing are in perilous waters when applied to cinema, similar to ungestured talk. The book begins with this problem using Julian Jaynes's thoughts on vocality and imagination before delving into three exploratory 'movements' arranged to alternately challenge, inspire, and confound the reader to question if we know what we think we know or even see what we think we see. The viewer is faced with disturbances, ruptures, and surprises that occur during the viewing experience, which Pomerance analyzes to stretch the sense of what we do and do not (or, possibly, cannot) know, particularly as we think, talk, and write about cinema.

Book information

ISBN: 9781501398780
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Pub date:
DEWEY: 791.4301
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 500g
Height: 151mm
Width: 228mm
Spine width: 22mm