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Durational Cinema

A Short History of Long Films

Authors: Walsh, Michael

  • First history of durational cinema as such, distinguishing it from slow cinema
  • Cuts across the critical categories, from avant-garde film to video installation to documentary
  • Proposes that durational cinema is predominantly minimal, but has from the beginning also included a more encyclopedic kind of filmmaking
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This book argues for a durational cinema that is distinct from slow cinema, and outlines the history of its three main waves: the New York avant-garde of the 1960s, the European art cinema in the years after 1968, and the international cinema of gallery spaces as well as film festivals since the 1990s. Figures studied include Andy Warhol, Ken Jacobs, Chantal Akerman, Marguerite Duras, Claude Lanzmann, James Benning, Kevin Jerome Everson, Lav Diaz, and Wang Bing.Durational cinema is predominantly minimal, but has from the beginning also included a more encompassing or encyclopedic kind of filmmaking. Durational cinema is characteristically representational, and converges on certain topics (the Holocaust, deindustrialization, the experience of the working class and other marginalized people), but has no one meaning, signifying differently at different moments and in different hands. Warhol’s durational cinema of subtraction is quite different from Jacobs’s durational cinema of social disgust, while Lav Diaz’ durational sublime is quite different from Kevin Jerome Everson’s unblinking studies of African-American working people.

About the authors

 Michael Walsh was born in London of Irish immigrant parents and educated at Sussex, UK, and Buffalo, USA. He has chaired Cinema Departments at Binghamton University, USA, and University of Hartford, USA, where he is currently Associate Professor. He has published widely on film, literature, and theory.

 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Durational Cinema
Book Subtitle
A Short History of Long Films
Authors
Series Title
Experimental Film and Artists’ Moving Image
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-76092-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-76091-5
Series ISSN
2523-7527
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations
20 illustrations in colour
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