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Dreaming of Cinema : Spectatorship, Surrealism, and the Age of Digital Media, Paperback / softback Book

Dreaming of Cinema : Spectatorship, Surrealism, and the Age of Digital Media Paperback / softback

Part of the Film and Culture Series series


Video games, YouTube channels, Blu-ray discs, and other forms of "new" media have made theatrical cinema seem "old." A sense of "cinema lost" has accompanied the ascent of digital media, and many worry film's capacity to record the real is fundamentally changing.

Yet the Surrealist movement never treated cinema as a realist medium and understood our perceptions of the real itself to be a mirage.

Returning to their interpretation of film's aesthetics and function, this book reads the writing, films, and art of Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Andre Breton, Andre Bazin, Roland Barthes, Georges Bataille, Roger Caillois, and Joseph Cornell and recognizes their significance for the films of David Cronenberg, Nakata Hideo, and Atom Egoyan; the American remake of the Japanese Ring (1998); and a YouTube channel devoted to Rock Hudson.

Offering a positive alternative to cinema's perceived crisis of realism, this innovative study enriches the meaning of cinematic spectatorship in the twenty-first century.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 280 pages, <B>B&W Illus.: </B>38,
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
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  • Category: Film theory & criticism
  • ISBN: 9780231166577

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