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Caught In-BetweenIntermediality in Contemporary Eastern European and Russian Cinema$
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Ágnes Petho

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474435499

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435499.001.0001

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The Real and the Intermedial in Alexander Sokurov’s Family Trilogy

The Real and the Intermedial in Alexander Sokurov’s Family Trilogy

(p.185) Chapter 9 The Real and the Intermedial in Alexander Sokurov’s Family Trilogy
Caught In-Between

Malgorzata Bugaj

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how Alexander Sokurov's Mother and Son (Mat i syn, 1997), Father and Son (Otsets i syn, 2003) and Alexandra (2007) situate themselves at the intersection of the immediate and the constructed cinematic experience. The films under discussion emphasise the trace of physical presence on screen through haptic images conveying the multisensory dimension of the human experience, in particular touch and smell. Simultaneously, the Russian family trilogy consciously underscores the awareness of film as a medium carrying the story along with the mediation and remediation of painterly and medical images. Each section of the chapter focuses on a discrete part of the trilogy and investigates the oscillation between the material and artificial that is characteristic of these works.

Keywords:   Alexander Sokurov, Mother and Son, Father and Son, Alexandra, Russian cinema, remediation, intermediality, haptic images, medicine in cinema, painting in cinema

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