Wednesday, 15 February 2012

New issue of ALPHAVILLE on the representation of space and time in cinema

Screenshot from Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993). Read Elise Pezzotta's article on the concept of personal time in this and other films.
As film scholars, we must constantly return to the cinematic production and manipulation of space and time to reassess how it is affected by our changing perception of the ontologies of space and time and, conversely, how our understanding of these physical concepts in cinema alters our spatio-temporal awareness in the real world. The advent of digital technology, with its formal atemporality and virtual space, presents a further radical challenge to our understanding of these categories, adding another layer of complexity to an already complex topic. [Alphaville Editors’ Note by Marian Hurley, Deborah Mellamphy and Jill Moriarty]
Film Studies For Free is delighted to note for its readers that Issue 2 of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media is now online.

This special issue, edited by postdoctoral and doctoral students at University College Cork, focuses on the representation of space and time in cinema. Its excellent articles employ a wide range of methodological approaches and arguments to investigate cinematic spatiotemporal relationships, more than ably demonstrating how these concepts continue to engage and stimulate film scholars.

FSFF particularly liked Sergeant on The Wizard of Oz, Laist on The Matrix, Wortel on post-heritage cinema (see also her great, 2008 PhD thesis Textures of Time: A Study of Cinematic Sensations of Anachronism), as well as Pezzota on alternative and time travel narrative.

Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Issue 2: Space and Time in Cinema



Book Reviews and Festival and Conference Reports (Edited by Jill Murphy)

Issue 3, Summer 2012, Sound, Voice, Music.

Issue 4, Winter 2012, Open Submission


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