Poetic Cinema and the Spirit of the Gift in the Films of Pabst, Parajanov, Kubrick and Ruiz
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Poetic Cinema and the Spirit of the Gift in the Films of Pabst, Parajanov, Kubrick and Ruiz
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€ 89,00
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9789463726245
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Hardback
Number of pages
178
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English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
Table of Contents
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Foreword: In Memory of Thomas Elsaesser
Introduction: Spirit of the Gift-Cinematic Reciprocity
Ch 1. A Gift Economy: GW Pabst's Pandora's Box (1929)
Ch 2. Fabric of Thought: Sergei Parajanov's The Colour of Pomegrantes (1968), Ashik Kerib (1988)
Ch 3. Nicole Kidman in Blue Light: Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Ch 4. Ornamentation and Pathology: Raul Ruiz' Klimt (2006)
Afterword: Poetics of Film Pedagogy
Bibliography
Filmography
Index
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Reviews and Features

"Laleen Jayamanne’s beautiful new book, Poetic Cinema and the Spirit of the Gift, enlivens the spirits of its readers every bit as much as the movies it discusses enliven both the spirits and the bodies of their viewers. The book’s scholarship is careful and rigorous, but also thoughtfully evocative, as it discusses a number of anomalously brilliant cinematic works."
- Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University, Senses of Cinema, Issue 99, July 2021

"Cinema and the Spirit of the Gift is itself an intellectual gift to cinephiles and film scholars. It will make an important contribution to the study of film aesthetics, and feminist film theory. I know of no other book quite like it."
- Kara Keeling, The University of Chicago

"This clearly is a book of passion written after years of teaching and writing about film. The entire book can be seen as an 'ode to Cinematography' written from an imaginal place. And since the spirit of the gift contains reciprocity, this book also offers something back by demonstrating what careful attention can make visible by writing about film."
- Patricia Pisters, The University of Amsterdam

Laleen Jayamanne

Poetic Cinema and the Spirit of the Gift in the Films of Pabst, Parajanov, Kubrick and Ruiz

Poetic Cinema and the Spirit of the Gift in the Films of Pabst, Parajanov, Kubrick and Ruiz explores the poetic thinking of these master filmmakers. It examines theoretical ideas, including Maori anthropology of the gift and Sufi philosophy of the image, to conceive film as abundant gift. Elaborating on how this gift may be received, this book imagines film as our indispensable mentor - a wild mentor who teaches us how to think with moving images by learning to perceive evanescent forms that simply appear and disappear.
Author

Laleen Jayamanne

Laleen Jayamanne taught Cinema Studies in the Department of Art History and Film at the University of Sydney. She is the author of The Epic Cinema of Kumar Shahani (IUP 2015)