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Cinema, If You PleaseThe Memory of Taste, the Taste of Memory$
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Murray Pomerance

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474428682

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428682.001.0001

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Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on the Wild Side

(p.65) Chapter 3 Walk on the Wild Side
Cinema, If You Please

Murray Pomerance

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers various cinematic deployments of the stroll, promenade, and walkabout to consider how characters walk through their narratives, as well as if and how the cinematic camera walks with them. It examines how the practice of finding leisure in strolling, linked to the nineteenth century flâneur, gives shape, boundary, and social meaning to the organized act of walking. A reading of Gus Van Sant’s Gerry (2002), in which mobility is linked to peril and mortality, is contrasted to a moment in Vertigo, in which characters stroll through sublimely pleasurable surroundings for the sake of the act itself, one which provides unique respite from the bleakness and hopelessness that otherwise largely engulfs the film.

Keywords:   mobility, flâneur, illusion, propriety, locomotion

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