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World Cinema and the Essay FilmTransnational Perspectives on a Global Practice$
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Brenda Hollweg and Igor Krstic

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474429245

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429245.001.0001

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Introduction

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World Cinema and the Essay Film
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Brenda Hollweg

Igor Krstić

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429245.003.0001

In this introductory chapter readers are made familiar with the expanding research field of essayistic filmmaking in world cinema-contexts around the globe. Brenda Hollweg and Igor Krstíc argue that the essay film is a privileged political and ethical tool by means of which filmmakers around the world approach historically specific and locally, geographically concrete issues against larger global issues and universal concerns. The chapter also includes a genealogical overview of important moments in the development of essay filmmaking, particularly during the 1920s and 1960s, and provides readers with short abstracts on the individual chapters and their specific transnationally inflected case studies on essay film practitioners from around the world.

Keywords:   Essay film practice, 1920s, 1960s, World cinema, Essay film genealogy, Crisis cinema, Film-philosophy, Local/global

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