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Intermedial DialoguesThe French New Wave and the Other Arts$
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Marion Schmid

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474410632

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410632.001.0001

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Still/Moving: Photography and Cinematic Ontology

Still/Moving: Photography and Cinematic Ontology

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(p.163) Chapter Five Still/Moving: Photography and Cinematic Ontology
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Intermedial Dialogues
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Marion Schmid

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410632.003.0006

As a medium grounded in photographic technology, cinema retains a deep fascination with photographic images. Focusing on films by François Truffaut, AgnèsVarda, Guy Gilles, Jean-Luc Godard and Chris Marker, this chapter explores the intersection between cinema and photography in New Wave film in the context of wider theoretical debates concerning the two media's relations to time, memory, death and what Raymond Bellour calls the new type of 'pensive spectator' created by still images in film. It also analyses the use of photographyas a privileged intermedial tool for grappling with questions of modernisation, colonialism and revolution at a time when France and the world were undergoing a period of major change.

Keywords:   film and photography, cinematic ontology, still images, 'pensive spectator', social and political change

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