Eye of the Century
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Eye of the Century

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F Casetti
392 g
235 x 167 x 15 mm
A lifetime of watching, reading, and teaching in several languages affords Francesco Casetti not just a total, magisterial view of cinema's place and function in modernity, but an enviable precision of description and example. His prose points into cinema's deepest recesses like a detective's sharp beam, yet radiates its majestic accomplishments like the aurora borealis -- Dudley Andrew, Yale University Erudite and intellectually fearless, Francesco Casetti moves effortlessly from broad overviews to careful reexaminations of specific texts by everyone from Walter Benjamin and Jean Epstein to Luigi Pirandello and Victor Freeburg. In the process, Eye of the Century is not only theoretically adept, it offers unexpected and compelling insights into some of our most beloved films. -- Charles Musser, Yale University Redirecting his earlier discussions of the gaze of cinema theory, Francesco Casetti's new work refocuses our attention onto the cinematic eye of history--not simply taking a view of the century of cinema which has now passed, but profoundly considering how cinema taught us new ways of seeing as it navigated through a modern visual world. Casetti projects for us the pathway cinema cleared (and occasionally obscured) as it moved through the twentieth century, creating a new world as much as revealing one. -- Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
AcknowledgmentsA Hundered Years, A Century 1. The Gaze of its Age - Seeing - Synchronies - "De l'art et du traffic" -
Is it true that film in the twentieth century experimented with vision more than any other art form? And what visions did it privilege? In this brilliant book, acclaimed film scholar Francesco Casetti situates the cinematic experience within discourses of twentieth-century modernity. He suggests that film defined a unique gaze, not only because it recorded many of the century's most important events, but also because it determined the manner in which they were received.