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Cinematic Reveries

Gestures, Stillness, Water


Linda C. Ehrlich

The 29 prose poems in Cinematic Reveries: Gestures, Stillness, Water provide distinctive points of entry into a select group of films through attention to evocative gestures, a sense of stillness, and images of water. These original writings offer film criticism in a new form, with a tone that is at once exploratory, familiar, and elegiac. They explore the precious nature of water; they point to gestures both eloquent and obscure. They offer us moments of arrested motion as well as longer contemplative sequences in films from Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and the U.S. To cite a sentiment expressed by filmmaker Raúl Ruíz in his Poetics of Cinema 2, these are tributes to great films that «recognize [us] like an old relative». The reader is encouraged to explore Cinematic Reveries as a portrait of the cinema which is at times lyrical, sometimes comic, and often tinged with pathos. This celebration of the art film is richly illustrated, with suggestions for further readings and viewings.


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Suggested Readings / Viewings Andrew, Dudley. Film in the Aura of Art. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984. ———. What Cinema Is.: Bazin’s quest and its charge. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Arnheim, Rudolph. The Power of the Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space. Translated by Maria Jolas. Boston: Beacon Press, 1964, 1994. Balló, Jordi, Imágenes del silencio: Los motivos visuales en el cine. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2000. Translated into Spanish by Joaquín Jordá. Bandy, Mary Lea, ed. The Hidden God: Film and Faith. N.Y.: Museum of Modern Art, 2003. Ben Lyzaid, Farid, “Image and Experience: Why Cinema?” in Sherifa Zuhur ed. Images of Enchantment: Visual and Performing Arts of the Middle East. American University in Cairo Press, 1998: 205-209. Translated from the French by Sherifa Zuhur. Berger, John. About Looking. New York: Pantheon Books, 1980. Bíro, Yvette. Turbulence and Flow in Film: The Rhythmic Design. Translated by Paul Salamon. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008. Bryson, Norman. Looking at the Overlooked: Four Essays on Still Life Painting. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990. Blanpied, John W., ed. Movieworks: Stories and Poems about Movies. Rochester: The Little Theatre Press, 1990. Bordwell, David. Figures Traced in Light: On Cinematic Staging. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. ———. Poetics of Cinema. N.Y.: Routledge, 2008. Buñuel, Luis. An Unspeakable Betrayal: Selected Writings of Luis Buñuel. Translated by Garrett White. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. Cocteau, Jean....

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