The role of space and place in the creation of visual narratives constitutes one of the most dynamic and exciting debates in contemporary film studies. How does film construct space? What are the spatial codes and strategies that it uses? What is the relationship between space and time in film? How do spatial constructs enable us to understand new concepts of identity and the politics and geographies of exile and displacement? Such questions, whose importance to contemporary film and culture is fundamental, are explored in wide-ranging, challenging essays that re-evaluate and extend recent theoretical debate in relation to the regional and national cinemas of Europe.
Alongside critical essays by scholars of international repute the book contains original contributions by practising film directors. Characterised by its interdisciplinary, cross-national focus, it is thematically structured to provide an insight into smaller and less well-explored cinemas as well as those of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain. Authoritative, lively, and jargon-free, these essays provide the reader with a clear understanding of the significance of space and place, and a fresh perspective on the fascinating diversity of European cinema.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2005. 385 pp.
Contents: Pierre Sorlin: Urban Space in European Cinema – Laura McGee: Space, Place, and Identity in Andreas Dresen’s Night
Shapes, the Last German ‘City Film’ of the Twentieth Century – Luana Babini: The Urban Soul of British Cinema of the 1990s:
London as Cinematic City in Mike Leigh’s Naked and Gary Oldman’s Nil by Mouth – Ernest Hampson: Roman Cityscapes
in European Cinema: Tarkovskii’s Nostalgia and Greenaway’s The Belly of an Architect – Axel Goodbody: Rural
Spaces in German Film: Jürgen Brauer, Longing and Tom Tykwer, Wintersleepers – Phil Powrie: Space, the Crowd,
and Prostitution in André Calmettes’s Carmen – Mikel J. Koven: Space and Place in Italian Giallo Cinema: The
Ambivalence of Modernity – Anthony Coulson: Paradise Islands: Van Dyke’s White Shadows in the South Seas and F.W. Murnau’s
Tabu – Helma Sanders-Brahms: The Lost Face of Germany – Ann Marie Condron: Personal Identity, Power, and Contested
Space in Joseph Losey’s Monsieur Klein – Santiago Fouz-Hernández: Javier Bardem: Body and Space – Evelyn Preuss: To
See or Not to See? Topographies of Repression in Konrad Wolf’s I WasNineteen and The Naked Man on the Sportsground
– Martin Brady: Wide Open Spaces: Building Memory in Brechtian and Avant-garde Cinema – Jackie Collins: Yoyes: A Space
(Place) of One’s Own – Peter Wagstaff: Traces of Places: Agnès Varda’s Mobile Space in The Gleaners and I – Wendy Everett:
‘The Eye of the Inner Ear’: Terence Davies and the Space/Time Dimension – Victoria Pastor-González: The ‘Present Absents’
in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy – Les Roberts: Non-places in the Mist: Mapping the Spatial Turn in
Theo Angelopoulos’s Peripatetic Modernism – Evgenii Tsymbal: Andrei Tarkovskii: From ‘Sculpted Time’ to ‘Inspired Nature’.