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Journeys on ScreenTheory, Ethics, Aesthetics$
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Louis Bayman and Natália Pinazza

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421836

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421836.001.0001

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Memories, Notebooks, Roads: The Essayistic Journey in Time and Space

Memories, Notebooks, Roads: The Essayistic Journey in Time and Space

(p.86) Chapter 5 Memories, Notebooks, Roads: The Essayistic Journey in Time and Space
Journeys on Screen

Adam Ludford Freeman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter seeks to explore how geographic journeys in essay films become both a movement through space, a physical journey, but also a journey into the past, resulting in a filmic map of place, time and memory. Through spatial journeys the essay film moves through contemporary places and also through temporal layers of history, constructing a cinematic space which weaves the temporal and spatial journey together, unearths the buried strata of place and constructs a “thick” map or vertical reading of the landscape. This dual journey will be explored using three films as case studies, Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (Jonas Mekas, 1977), Which Way is East (Lynne Sachs, 1994) and Content  (Chris Petit, 2010).

Keywords:   Essay film, documentary, memory, history, cinematic space, landscape

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