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Poetics of Slow Cinema

Nostalgia, Absurdism, Boredom

Authors: Çağlayan, Emre

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  • Marks the first study to treat slow cinema both as an aesthetic mode and as an institutional discourse
  • Theorises slow cinema cannon as a convergence between realist and modernist aesthetics 
  • Brings in unusual conceptual paradigms that help better contextualize slow cinema’s role in film history and aesthetics
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This book discusses slow cinema, a contemporary global production trend that has recently gained momentum in film theory and criticism. Slow films dispense with narrative progression in favour of a contemplative mood, which is stretched out to the extreme in order to impel viewers to confront cinematic temporality in all its undivided glory. Despite its critical reputation as an oblique mode of film practice, slow cinema continues to attract, challenge and provoke audiences. Focusing on filmmakers Béla Tarr, Tsai Ming-liang and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, this book identifies nostalgia, absurd humour and boredom as intrinsic dimensions of slow cinema and explores the ways in which these directors negotiate local filmmaking conventions with the demands of a global cinephile niche. As the first study to treat slow cinema both as an aesthetic style and as an institutional discourse, Poetics of Slow Cinema offers an illuminating perspective on the tradition’s historical genealogy and envisions it with a Janus-faced disposition in the age of digital technologies—lamenting at once the passing of difficult, ambiguous modernist film and capitalizing on the yearning for its absence.

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Emre Çağlayan is a Teaching Fellow in Film Theory at Newcastle University, UK.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Poetics of Slow Cinema
Book Subtitle
Nostalgia, Absurdism, Boredom
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96872-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96872-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96871-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 244
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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