Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life (Film and Culture Series)

Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life (Film and Culture Series)

C. Scott Combs


The first ebook to unpack American cinema's lengthy heritage of representing dying, this paintings considers motion picture sequences during which the method of loss of life turns into an workout in legibility and exploration for the digital camera. studying attractions-based cinema, narrative movies, early sound cinema, and movies utilizing voiceover or photos of scientific expertise, C. Scott Combs connects the sluggish or static technique of loss of life to formal movie innovation in the course of the 20th century. He appears at Thomas Edison's Electrocuting an Elephant (1903), D. W. Griffith's The kingdom Doctor (1909), John Ford's How eco-friendly was once My Valley (1941), Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950), Stanley Kubrick's 2001: an area Odyssey (1968), and Clint Eastwood's Million buck Baby (2004), between different movies, to argue opposed to the inspiration that movie can't seize the top of lifestyles since it can't cease relocating ahead. as an alternative, he exhibits how the top of loss of life happens greater than as soon as and in additional than one position, knowing dying in cinema as always in flux, wedged among technological precision and embodied perception.

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